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Brock Student Leadership Summit
March 26, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
March 27, 2021 from 10:30am to 3pm
The theme of the Brock Student Leadership Summit (BSLS) is “Leadership in a Changing Society”. Students will have an opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and explore topics of innovation, inclusion, and excelling as a leader. The event will have synchronous interactive workshops and asynchronous TED Talk style sessions that will help build leadership skills. This is a student organized session created for students. The planning team consists of student volunteers from different areas of expertise, including several students from the Brock University Volunteer Association (BUVA)!
Rethinking Assessment: Canada Games Exemplars from Across Brock
April 12, 2021 from 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: Microsoft Teams
Join Brock-Canada Games Academic Committee members, Canada Games Teaching and Learning Grant Recipients, faculty and staff for a session focused on assessment design. Keynote speakers Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak and Dr. Teresa Russo will speak about their course innovations that harnessed Canada Games content and themes to enhance student engagement and learning. Following the keynotes, participants will join small breakout sessions facilitated by other grant recipients to discuss CG grant course assignment ideas and options. This will be followed by an overview of the Canada Games Teaching and Learning Grants criteria.
Dr.’s Madelyn Law (Associate Vice-Provost, Teaching & Learning) & Julie Stevens (Special Advisor to the President, Canada Games)
- Dr.’s Teresa Russo (Part-time Instructor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities)
- Elizabeth Vlossak (Associate Professor, History, Faculty of Humanities)
Breakout Room Discussion
Canada Games Course Assessment Ideas
Grant Overview & Wrap-Up
“Semi-Structural Interviews: Ethnic and Gender Inequality in Sports.”
Dr. Teresa Russo – Instructor, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures (MLLC) & Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS), Faculty of Humanities
Dr. Teresa Russo teaches in the Italian Studies Program (MLLC) and with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS) at Brock University. She is the editor ofRecognition and Modes of Knowledge: Anagnorisis from Antiquity to Contemporary Theory (2013) and the editor of the recent collected essays of Pakistani author, Bapsi Sidhwa, entitled Landscapes of Writing: Collected Essays of Bapsi Sidhwa (2018) with a foreword by Oscar nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta. She is currently working on a new work on mnemonic theory in Medieval vernacular literature for the University of Toronto Press. Russo is the supervisor of Archival Research of Italian-Canadian Immigration and Culture (ARICIC), an undergraduate research exhibit with Italian-Canadian Narratives Showcase (ICNS), available online directly from the Italian Canadian Archives Project (ICAP) and the supervisor of Reading the Middle Ages: Oral and Literate Communities for her Medieval Studies students, powered by the Digital Scholarship Lab (DSL).
She received the Brock University – Canada Games Teaching and Learning Grant in 2020, which supported the petition (a service project) and the interview project in her course. For this talk, she will focus on the interview project, entitled “Semi-Structural Interviews: Ethnic and Gender Inequality in Sports.”
“How can we teach students to take risks and ‘trust the process’? What I learned through the HIST3F02 Canada Games Threads through Time project.”
Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak, Associate Professor, History, Faculty of Humanities
Elizabeth Vlossak is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. Since coming to Brock in 2006, she has taught courses in 20th-century European and World History, Weimar and Nazi Germany, comparative urban history, and women’s and gender history. In 2019 she ran a historical gardening course with students who researched, planted and grew historical gardens at Brock.
Dr. Vlossak’s research interests include the cultural history of war, women’s and gender history, border studies, nations and nationalism, critical heritage studies, and the politics of memory. Her publications include Marianne or Germania? Nationalizing Women in Alsace 1870-1946 (Oxford University Press, 2010), and articles and book chapters on postwar reconstruction and commemoration, Nazi forced labour policies, and gender and nationalism.
Over the last few years Dr. Vlossak has become increasingly interested in local Niagara history, and working with the community on public history projects. She is a founding member and associate fellow of The History Lab, a scholarly community engagement partnership. She is also a co-director with Dr. Julie Stevens (Sport Management) of the Sport Oral History Archive (SOHA), a digital, interactive archive preserving local and national sporting legacies through the collection of oral history interviews and photographs.
Dr. Vlossak has also served the University in a variety of roles, including as a member of Senate (2011-2013), as Graduate Program Director for the Department of History (2015-2018), and as Interim Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (2018-2019).
She is the recipient of the 2021 Faculty of Humanities Excellence in Teaching Award.