Amherst Virtual Lecture Series


January 23, 2013
12:30 p.m. EST
Daniel P. Barbezat, Professor of Economics

Contemplative Pedagogy and the Transformation of Education

Colleges and universities face many great challenges. Increasing costs, a lack of vision and mission, student behavior and rapidly changing educational technologies bring into question the current and future state of post-secondary education. What can we do to face these pressing issues? The use of critical, first-person approaches (introspection, thought experiments, etc.) to teaching can address these problems, providing new ground for students to explore what means most deeply to them while better understanding the material of their courses. In this lecture, Prof. Barbezat will describe and explain the use of these practices in his economics courses.


Additional lectures will be posted soon so please check back!

Listen to past lectures in our audio archives.

Our Virtual Lecture Series offers a one-hour conference call each month featuring Amherst College professors and alumni discussing their area of expertise and research. Each lecturer will speak for 20-25 minutes and will then take questions by e-mail or GoToWebinar for 30-35 minutes. Listeners are invited to send in questions during the call. Lectures will be moderated by Alumni Secretary Betsy Cannon Smith ’84, P'15.

Following the lectures, the audio from the calls are posted online, and alumni will be able to comment and continue the conversation on the alumni website.

Questions or comments? Please contact Ellie Swain Ballard '95 at

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 12:30 to 13:30