GAMBIER — Darby Kathleen Ray, the Harward Professor of Civic Engagement at Bates College, visits Kenyon College on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Wednesday, Dec. 7, for a series of events about community-engaged learning.

Ray, also a professor of religious studies at Bates, is director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships. At Bates, she leads institutional strategy and program development in support of the college’s civic mission. Ray serves as chair of the Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy unit of the American Academy of Religion.

“Professor Ray has taken the CEL program at Bates College to a premier position in the nation,” said Professor of Spanish Clara Román-Odio, the faculty leader of Kenyon’s community-engaged learning initiative. “We anticipate that those who attend her presentations will be energized by the vitality of the accomplishments of Bates’ CEL program. Most importantly, I think she will greatly broaden the horizons of attendees regarding the potential of CEL as an innovative pedagogy that enriches the educational experience while realizing the promise of the university as a public good that contributes creatively to the betterment of our communities.”

Ray earned her doctorate in religion from Vanderbilt University and teaches and writes on Christian thought and practice, the meaning of work, and civic engagement. Prior to moving to Bates four years ago, Ray was a longtime religious studies faculty member at Millsaps College, where she also was founding director of the Center for Engaged Learning and Living.

The schedule of events for her visit:
•Dec. 6 — Keynote address, “The Possibilities and Promise of Community-Engaged Learning Pedagogy,” 11:10 a.m. in Olin Auditorium, 103 College Drive.

•Dec. 6 — A meeting with community members, 2:30 p.m., Peirce Lounge, 201 College-Park St.

•Dec. 7 — Small group discussions with Ray and Kenyon faculty and staff members, 11 a.m. in Peirce Lounge, 201 College-Park St.

•Dec. 7 — A meeting with students, noon in the Leach Dining Room of Peirce Hall, 201 College-Park St.



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