'Teaching with Trek' at DST

Developed for Star Trek Las Vegas, the "Teaching with Trek" program is the brainchild of Dr Janet McMullen (Univ. of Northern Alabama) who envisioned it as a new and exciting means to teach media literacy and use popular media as a way to interest students in a broad range of disciplines. In Europe, the "Teaching with Trek" program is curated by Dr Stefan "Steve" Rabitsch (Univ. of Graz), author of Star Trek and the British Age of Sail (McFarland, 2019), co-editor of Set Phasers to Teach: Star Trek in Research and Teaching (Springer, 2019), and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook to Star Trek (forthcoming).

An excellent example of science fiction, Star Trek comes with the basic building blocks of critical and scientific thinking already built-in. What the scholars and scientists who contribute to the program have in common is that some version of Star Trek has inspired them, not only in their dreams of what may be, but in the ways in which they work – and teach others to work – here in the real world. Consequently, Star Trek brings scholars and scientists from a diverse range of fields together who then think, act and teaching across disciplinary boundaries. From an educational point of view, Star Trek is interdisciplinary practice.

 

The Speakers

Speakers List

 

TALKS

Over the DST weekend the following talks will be taking place, check out the latest timetable for times and stage location

 

Set Phasers to Teach!: Star Trek as Interdisciplinary Practice
A discussion of the interdisciplinary teaching approach championed in the academic book published by Springer in 2018.
Panelists
Dr Stefan "Steve" Rabitsch of University of Graz, Austria - Academic Qualifications: BPhil, MA, PhD
Erin Horáková, Glasgow University, UK - Academic Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD (defending)
Dr John NA Brown of Evolv Technologies, USA - Academic Qualifications: BA, BEd, MSc, PhD, PhD, DottRic

Star Trek, the LGBTQ+ Community, and Sensitvity
A practical guide to teaching sensitivity to gender issues using Star Trek
Panelist
Prof Carey Millsap-Spears, Moraine Valley Community College, USA - Academic Qualifications: BA, MA, MFA
Dr Sabrina Mittermeier, American Studies, Augsburg University, Germany - Academic Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD
Erin Horáková, Glasgow University, UK - Academic Qualifications: BA, MA, PhD (defending)
Danielle Girard, University of Lancaster, UK - Academic Qualifications: BoS, MA, PhD (defending)

"The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the truth": Think Critically, Think Star Trek
Teaching fundamental critical thinking skills and critical literacy in the posttruth age with Star Trek
Panelist
Dr Stefan "Steve" Rabitsch, Department of American Studies, University of Graz, Austria - Academic Qualifications: BPhil, MA, PhD

"With A Wondrous Leap of the Imagination": Star Trek as Beacon and Compass for Discovery
A discussion of one perspective on how Star Trek can be used to teach teachers.
Panelist:
Dr John NA Brown, Evolv Technologies, San Francisco, USA - Academic Qualifications: BA, BEd, MSc, PhD, PhD, DottRic

Where no woman scientist has gone before: Trekking the theory of science, gender, and race
Using Star Trek to teach about the intersections of gender, race, and science in the fields of Science Communication, Science and Technology Studies, and Media Studies
Panelist:
Dr Amy C. Chambers, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies - Manchester Metropolitan University - Academic Qualifications: MA (Hons), PhD

Reading Shakespeare in the Original Klingon: Learning How to Love Reading and Writing
Using Star Trek to engage students in introductory literature and composition classes.
Panelist: Prof Carey Millsap-Spears, Moraine Valley Community College, USA - Academic Qualifications: BA, MA, MFA

"Resistance is Futile: Using the Borg to Teach Collective Computing Systems
A practical guide to teaching real-world collective computing, based on the Borg
Panelist:
Dr Lukas Esterle, Leader of the Distributed Computational Intelligence Research Group, Aarhus University, Denmark - Academic Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD

Building the Empathy Chip: Teaching AIs Not to Be Sociopaths
A practical guide to our cutting-edge work, teaching empathy to AIs
Panelists:
Dr Lukas Esterle, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark - Academic Qualifications: PhD
Dr John NA Brown, Evolv Technologies, San Francisco, USA - Academic Qualifications: BA, BEd, MSc, PhD, PhD, DottRic

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