Duke Service-Learning News
Robert J. Thompson, professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience, shared insights with us about student development at a workshop October 18th in West Duke 101. He discussed the evolution of engagement in academia, and shared the latest understanding of the neuroscience of developing brains of emerging adults, which impacts the way a university might plan for student growth. A longtime area of focus for Professor Thompson is enhancing undergraduate education through scholarship on teaching and learning and fostering the development of empathy and identity. Dr. Thompson allowed plenty of time for sharing questions and thoughts, resulting in a lively discussion of ways we can more fully impact students. Read an article that touches on many of the ideas he shared here.
Fran Kane, professor from Salisbury State University in Maryland and author of Neither Beasts Nor Gods: Civic Life and the Public Good, met with us over lunch Oct. 19 to discuss ideas about a life of purpose. Kane specializes in civic engagement, medical ethics, and political philosophy.