Practising Interdisciplinarity in Gateway Education

Date: Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (Light lunch provided at 12:30pm – 1:00pm)

Venue: LT-14


Gray KOCHHAR-LINDGREN served as one of the 2009-10 Fulbright Scholars in Gateway Education in support of the curricular reforms occurring in the Hong Kong universities. In addition, he is a Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature and Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong. Gray has degrees in philosophy, religion, literature, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emory University in Atlanta. He is Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington-Bothell, where he also directs the "First Year Experience", which includes team-taught courses such as "Dreaming the Earth", "Art and Biology", and "Cross-Cultural Mediascapes: The Case of Coffee". The author of Narcissus Transformed, Starting Time, and TechnoLogics, Gray was working on Designing the Global University and Kant, in Hong Kong at the time of the workshop.



Our session together was thoroughly co-participatory and drew on the rich distributed intelligence in the room. Topics covered in the workshop included:

  • Introduction: My Interdisciplinary Day
  • Interdisciplinarity's Discontents: Traversing Academic Boundaries
  • Out into the World: Students, Staff, and Community
  • Creating Maps: Constructing an Interdisciplinary Course
  • Staying Awake: Engaging in Active Pedagogies
  • On Wonder, Complexity, and Being Daunted: The Necessity for Interdisciplinarity
  • Knowledge Flows: TeleTechnologies, Globalization, and Creating the New University

Session Materials