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Tom McBride on “The Lost Art of Classroom Wisdom”

April 24, 2014

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What should professors teach? How does the “infosphere” affect what they teach? Should they try to “raise the consciousness” of students about issues like poverty and global warming or should they adopt a more neutral stance instead?

Beloit College English Professor and Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride addressed those questions and more on Wednesday (April 23) in a Lunchbox Lecture called “The Lost Art of Classroom Wisdom.” McBride, who is also the co-author of the Mindset List, will retire at the end of the academic year after 40 years at Beloit.

 In his lecture, McBride argued that professors are purveyors of wisdom not because they are wise or even because they have knowledge, but because they can apply knowledge.

To hear more of what McBride had to say, watch his lecture in its entirety here.

SOURCE: Tom McBride, a co-creator of the globally-recognized Mindset List, will be retiring from his positions as professor of English and Keefer Professor of the Humanities in May of 2014. A graduate of Baylor University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, McBride teaches Milton, Shakespeare and critical theory, and has team-taught many interdisciplinary courses. He is a co-founder of the program in Rhetoric and Discourse in the English department and for many years headed the college’s First-Year Initiatives seminar program. He has published critical essays and creative non-fiction in journals, including Texas Studies in Language and Literature, The Baker Street Journal and Two Cities. He can serve as a media resource on topics related to his teaching and research interests.