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MC lecture to focus on connecting students with local communities

“Civic Engagement 2.0,” a lecture focusing on connecting students with local communities, will be presented on Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. in the Barnes Electronic Classroom in Hewes Library on the campus of Monmouth College.

The event is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers Jon Winet and Paula Gerstenblatt will present innovative pedagogical strategies for using digital technology to make local connections. Winet serves as director of the University of Iowa’s recently launched Digital Studio for the Public Humanities. A professional artist and grant writer, Gerstenblatt is a doctoral student at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas-Austin.

A follow-up workshop will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m in the same location. The goal is for faculty to commit to designing and implementing a small, civically-engaged writing semester at some point during 2012.

For more information about the events, contact Bridget Draxler, director of MC’s Communication Across the Curriculum program, at 309-457-2167 or