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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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2017 Southeast Chapter Retreat

Photographic Education Think Tank 20/20: Building A Photography Curriculum for the Future

Penland School of Crafts - Bakersville, North Carolina   |   September 29 - October 01, 2017

2017 SPE Southeast Chapter Retreat at Penland School of Crafts
Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 1

Photography programs have had drastic changes in the past twenty years, from the inclusion of more conceptual praxis, diversified practices, and technological changes; the programs of today looks radically different from its predecessors. How can we teach students with eyes to the future? How do you teach technology and practices that don’t exist yet? This conference is geared towards all photographic educators and students considering entering the field of teaching. Bring lots of ideas, and a spirit of learning!

This SPE Regional Retreat will address these questions in the format of a think tank, facilitated by Integrative Teaching International, which run think tanks addressing art foundations education in higher education. They are sharing their format and will be facilitating our conversations alongside SPE members.

This retreat style conference will be held at Penland School of Crafts. It is a remote area, one hour northeast of Asheville, North Carolina, and 2.5 hours northwest of Charlotte. All meals will be provided for approximately $90 for the weekend (this includes Friday - dinner (includes 2 beers), Saturday - breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday - brunch). Due to its remote location, we do recommend bringing snacks or libations you might need for the weekend. While we cannot make meal accommodations for every restriction there are vegetarian options available at every meal and a large salad bar.

There are many types of housing available at all price points. If you do not indicate a roommate, for those options with shared rooms, one will be assigned to you. Housing will be assigned in late September and be charged through Penland Conference Services. For those interested in hotel lodging, the closest is the Richmond Inn, Bed & Breakfast in Spruce Pine, NC - a fifteen minute drive from the campus.

*You must complete a housing, meal, and breakout group preference form prior to September 15.


For this conference we will break into four separate think tanks and develop curriculum models with different foci. Over the conference, these groups will be charged with developing ideas, assignments, or curriculum in the following areas: programs within a larger liberal arts curriculum, programs within an art school, integrating service learning and experiential learning into curriculum, and teaching for the technology of the future. Sunday, each group will present a synopsis of their discussion at brunch.

Four breakout groups:

Service Learning & Community Education will examine the integration of service learning into programs and community involvement in experiential learning. This is for anyone interested in this area, and is not specific to any institution or organization.

Integrating New Technologies will investigate new technologies and tackle the question of how to teach for technology that doesn’t yet exist. This breakout group does not focus on specific institutional or organizational curriculum.

Art School or BFA Programs is for educators wishing to discuss the unique needs of larger photography programs within art schools.

Photography in the Liberal Arts Curriculum will address the needs of photography or art programs within a larger liberal arts institution.


Friday, September 29

3:00-6:00pm: Registration

6:00pm: Dinner BBQ + Brews

7:30pm: Introduction and Honored Educator

Saturday, September 30

8:00-9:00am: Breakfast

9:30am-12:00pm: Breakout Groups

12:00-1:30pm: Lunch

2:00-5:30pm: Breakout Groups

6:00-7:30pm: Dinner

7:30pm----? Bonfire (BYOB)

Sunday, October 1

8:00-8:45am: Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm: Presentations by Breakout Groups & Closing

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