>Dear Friends and Colleagues,
>This email provides information about the video-conferences of the
>Thematic School on Ethnography in Education: Language, Culture and Complex
>Dynamic Systems. The sessions with Michael Agar and partners at The Ohio
>State University, UC San Diego and the Federal University of Minas Gerais
>in Brazil will be held January 24-26th, 9-11AM PST in the Video Conference
>Center Phelps 3518.
>Below is information about the Thematic School and ways to participate.
>The detailed schedule of the video conferences is attached to this
>message. Further information is available at the Thematic School website:
>WHAT IS IT?
>The video-conferences are real-time presentations and conversations via
>video-conference and web cast among the University of California at Santa
>Barbara, the Ohio State University, the University of California at San
>Diego, and the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
>We will be having three video-conferences, three days in a row, January
>24, 25, and 26, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
>Emeritus Professor Michael Agar will begin the video-conferences with a
>presentation on rethinking definitions of culture, which will be followed
>by discussion among those at the various sites. On subsequent days, there
>will be brief lectures from each of the sites on issues in studying
>learning, development, and consequential progression in classrooms, with
>specific focus on how learning and development might be documented and
>made visible. After each lecture there will be opportunities for
>discussion among participants across all of the sites.
>In addition to the video-conferencing lectures and discussions, a
>website has been created to share resources and provide further
>Complementary to the website, a member-only Forum has been in use for
>further discussions and sharing of related resources. See below for how to
>gain access to the forum.
>DATES and TIMES:
>The video-conferences will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday,
>January 24, 25, and 26, from 9-11 a.m. PST
>Phelps 3518, Video Conference Center at the Gevirtz Graduate School of
>WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
>Everyone who participated in the Fall video-conferences is welcomed and
>encouraged to participate in this set of videoconferences as well. You
>are already registered for the Forum that has information on prior
>sessions, readings and on-going discussions.
>We welcome any faculty member, graduate student, or other interested
>member of the university community even if you have not previously
>participated. We welcome colleagues, students and friends in the Graduate
>School of Education, and across the university.
>To participate in the January session, we advise you to (re)view the
>videos of the October sessions. January presentations and discussions will
>build on the interactions and content of the October sessions. The videos
>of the 4 days of presentations and the discussions from October are on the
>Resources page of the Thematic School website:
>WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
>Please send an e-mail to
><mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com letting us
>know that you will be participating in the video conference. Seating is
>limited to 26 people in the video conference center. (If we have more than
>26 participants, we will arrange a room, from which people can
>collectively watch the web-cast and participate electronically.)
>If you have participated previously, you already have a login name and
>password for the web Forum. The Forum is available at
>If you are joining us at this time, please email Audra at
><mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com and she will
>send you your username and password so that you can access the Forum and
>all of its resources.
>Please RSVP about your attendance:
>(although if you only decide at the last moment to participate that is ok,
>DO YOU NEED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE FOR ALL THREE VIDEO-CONFERENCES?
>No. It would be great for continuity in the discussion if you can attend
>all three, but if you can only make 2 or even 1 of the video-conferences
>presentations and discussions, you are still very welcome to
>participate. By the way, all of the interactions will be video recorded
>and available later through the web site.
>If you are unable to come to UCSB to participate in the video conferences
>live, you can watch the webcast of the sessions. The videoconference
>sessions will be available
>The URL will be active only when the videoconference is in session, i.e.
>9-11 a.m. on January 24, 25, and 26.
>You are encouraged to send questions and comments during the
><mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com A person in
>the videoconference room will be monitoring the email and will forward
>your questions or comments to the moderator of the discussion.
>Alternately, please post your comments, questions and feedback on the web
>Contact Judith and Audra at
>We are looking forward to your participation and RSVPs.
>Judith Green, Director
>Audra Skukauskaite, Coordinator
>Ethnography in Education: Language, Culture and Complex Dynamic Systems
>Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
>2219 Phelps Hall
>Santa Barbara, CA 93105
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