GE-TEACH: Practising Interdisciplinarity in Gateway Education

Workshop Series

Date: 6 October 2009

Time: 12:30-2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Venue: LT-14


  • Dr Gray KOCHHAR-LINDGREN, Fulbright Scholar in Gateway Education

    Gray Kochhar-Lindgren is serving 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 is currently working on Designing the Global University and Kant, in Hong Kong.


This discussion session will examine the concept and role of interdisciplinarity in GE. Colleagues with experience in the design and delivery of interdisciplinary courses will share their experiences. Participants will be asked to consider how interdisciplinarity may play a role in GE at the City University of Hong Kong.

Our session together will be thoroughly co-participatory and draw on the rich distributed intelligence in the room. Some of the topics we will be engaged will include:

  • 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