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Above: Otto Foltmer with my Mom and my wife circa 1960.
When he came back to the farm he was changed. Those barges had stolen his life’s purpose.
According to Melville, the remora, a fish of the South Seas, swims poorly. That is why their only chance to move forward consists of attaching themselves to the back of a big fish. They then plunge a kind of tube into the stomach of a shark, where they suck up their nourishment, and propagate without doing anything, living off the hunting and efforts of the beast.
Teaching in the Marshes: VIU’s Bird Banding Classroom
Presented by: Eric Demers, Biology
Learning happens everywhere at VIU, not just in the classroom. For faculty member Eric Demers and his volunteer students, learning is happening at West Buttertubs Marsh, early in the morning, before many of us are even out of bed. Eric is a member in VIU’s biology department and a bird bander. His passion for providing learning opportunities for students, along with his passion for birds, has turned into a rich co-curricular opportunity for students and the community.
From April-October, you can find Eric and his volunteers setting up nets, catching and banding songbirds, collecting data, and releasing them back into the sky, all at the break of dawn.
Eric and his students are inviting faculty, staff, students, and anyone else who would like to join to visit his bird banding station on Thursday, May 25th at 9am (map of meeting place to be provided).
This is a fantastic opportunity to come out and see first-hand the inspiring work being done by faculty and students here at VIU, or rather, just off-campus.
Eric and his students want to share this experience with as many people as they can, and contribute to the community’s understanding of birds and the ecosystems that exist right here in Nanaimo.
Wear good outdoor footwear. Bring binoculars if you have them. If you’re lucky, you might be able to release a bird yourself. Find out more about the project at their website: http://wordpress.viu.ca/viubirdbanding/
Date | Thursday, May 25
Time | 9:00 – 10:30 am
Location | Meet location to be sent to participants a few days prior
Questions | Kathleen.Bortolin@viu.ca | Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Specialist | Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning
Vol. 5, No. 5 (2017): Gilbert Ryle: Intelligence, Practice, Skill
Special issue edited by Juliet Floyd and Lydia Patton.
Table of Contents
Volume Introduction: Gilbert Ryle on Propositions, Propositional Attitudes, and Theoretical Knowledge
Ryle’s “Intellectualist Legend” in Historical Context
Skill, Drill, and Intelligent Performance: Ryle and Intellectualism
Stina Bäckström, Martin Gustafsson
Ryle on the Explanatory Role of Knowledge How
Informal Logic invites submissions for a special issue on “Reason & Rhetoric in the Time of Alternative Facts”. This issue aims to analyze, explain, and critique instances of argumentation connected to the campaign, election, and presidency of Donald Trump, as well as associated issues such as the concept of “post-truth” emerging from the Brexit campaigns. We believe that argumentation theory can help in forming answers to some of the questions that events around the new U.S. president open-up.
Trump has adopted a distinctive approach to argumentation that is especially worth studying now that it is stemming from the highest political office in the United States. In terms of both form and content, the written and verbal argumentation coming from the current president, as well as official White House communications—including the whitehouse.gov website—constitute rich material to engage argumentation scholars. Equally interesting are, for example, issues surrounding the way the press deals/dealt with and reacts to the new president and the argumentative and rhetorical choices made by his adversaries during and after the presidential campaign.
This issue of Informal Logic welcomes contributions from both theorizers and practitioners in the expanding field of argumentation studies, including, but not limited to, scholars in Informal Logic, Rhetoric, Pragma-Dialectics, Communication Studies, and Critical Thinking.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
● Argument Schemes in White-House Communications
● The (In)Effectiveness of Trump Speeches
● Comparisons of Contemporary and Past Instances of Whitehouse Argumentation
● Governmental Multimodal Argumentation
● Fallacies, Blunders, and False News
● Post-truth Premises and Conclusions
● Trump, Clinton, and Ethos
● Audiences in the Presidential Campaign
● The Ethical Dimensions of Public Argument
● Trump and the News
● Quantitative Studies on Argumentation around Trump
● Trump and the Virtues of Argument
● Trump as a Diplomat
● Using Trump to Teach Critical Thinking
Submitted papers must present original research that has not been published and is not currently under review with any other journal. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and selected based on the paper’s originality, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation. The deadline for submissions is the 1st of September, 2017.
Submissions should be between 5000 and 7000 words (without notes) and prepared for blind review by while following the Informal Logic formatting template available at:
Please also include a separate cover with an abstract and author identifying information.
Submissions should be sent as a PDF or Word document to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadlines: (these are cut-off deadlines; extensions are not possible):
Paper submission deadline: September 1st, 2017
Accept or decline decisions announced: December 1st , 2017
Revised papers due: February 1st , 2018
Publication: Informal Logic, 28.1, March, 2018