The Slow Movement began in Italy with food: growing, harvesting, and preparing natural, nutritious meals from whole ingredients. The Slow Food organization has grown to encompass communities around the globe (including the Piedmont-Triad). Slow Food is of course nothing new to the region. The proliferation of farmers’ markets showcasing locally grown produce, meats, cheeses, and crafts, not to mention condiments and soap, offers local residents the opportunity to truly experience farm-to-table dining in their own homes.
The idea of slowing down in a fast-paced world has arrived to academe. In The Slow Professor, Berg and Seeber argue for a reevaluation of our addiction to speed, productivity, and sheer volume as a way to come to earth, as it were, and choose what to do and how to do it more deliberately, more thoughtfully, and with deeper engagement. In Reversing the Cult of Speed in Higher Education, the chapter authors analyze the creation of the neoliberal university and its counterweight: the slow university, with lenses cast on scholarly production as well as pedagogy. These last two foci offer our interdisciplinary group rich opportunities to learn about and discuss problems and teaching tactics in our specific fields.
In a third iteration, Slow has come to the arts. In Slow Looking: The Art and Practice of Learning through Observation, Shari Tishman offers ways of connecting with the experience of viewing not only art, but the objects of study in the humanities and sciences as well, through techniques that slow the viewer down.
What can students and educators alike learn from slowing down? Might we find a connection between slow teaching and deep learning? What kinds of practices can faculty and students integrate into our lives that can help us ground ourselves amidst multiple and conflicting commitments?
Collectively, we bring both expertise and interest in developing slow pedagogies and extending the lessons of the experience of our shared learning into our teaching, research, and service commitments at UNCG and beyond.
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