Are college graduates really ready to enter the working world? Against the backdrop of the heated political debate of public higher education, Matthew Hora challenges the idea of the “skills gap” which says students need more technical training. Instead, he suggests the critical importance of habits of mind such as problem solving, teamwork, and communication. Sponsored by George Mason’s Higher Education Program.
Georgetown University professor, and early childhood expert William Gormley discusses the importance of critical thinking for students and educators in his book The Critical Advantage, which takes “a wide-ranging look at the important role of critical thinking in preparing students for college, careers, and civic life.”
Ana Homayoun’s Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World offers families insight into an ever-changing online world. Guiding parents, educators, and students to find ways to work together to promote self-regulation and healthy socialization, Social Media Wellness is a tool for minimizing distractions, decreasing stress, and boosting productivity. Sponsored by Friends of the City of Fairfax Regional Library.
Sociology and child welfare expert Jennifer Reich gives a glimpse into her decade-long research on vaccine refusal in America. In Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccinations, Reich dissects a wide range of perspectives on this controversial topic – from the parents who refuse vaccinations, to the pediatricians whose research shows this decision can be devastating. Reich allows readers the opportunity to understand this disagreement and consider the possible solutions.
Cemil Aydin, Professor of History at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, sheds light on the intellectual origins of longheld misconceptions that the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims constitute a single religio-political entity. In The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History. Edmund Burke III writes, “Aydin provides a global lens for viewing the ways in which modernity has shaped both Muslims’ understandings of their global role, and the ways in which we understand the place of Muslims in the world.” Sponsored by Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies.
Only a few decades ago, the white working class made up the majority population in the United States and the United Kingdom. More recently, however, members of the working class have become what Justin Gest refers to as “new minorities.” Gest shares his latest publication, The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality, making a case for what led to white working class radicalization and rising support for unexpected political candidates, including Donald Trump. Gest focuses on two specific working-class cities – Youngstown, Ohio and Dagenham, England – to understand the political landscape in these once-thriving cities.