27 November 2012
This year Professor Emeritus Ross Chambers of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor delivers the Sonia Marks Memorial lecture on the subject of “Learning from Teaching”:
“Sonia Marks was a generous and astute educator. I regard myself as at first an unpromising teacher but who, after almost 50 years of classroom experience in France, Australia and the United States, could still, on occasion, screw up spectacularly.
What then, if anything, is the upshot of my experience? What have I learnt from it? I’ll try to answer that question through a series of humiliating classroom anecdotes that point to the necessity of taking into account the inscrutable alterity of others, most notably the young and I suggest, therefore, that the educability of educators is at much at issue in teaching as that of their charges.”
The Sonia Marks Memorial fund was set up in 1985 to commemorate the life and achievements of Sonia Marks, whose untimely death deprived the University of a much appreciated teacher and colleague. The fund provides for annual student prizes for students from the beginner language stream, and a memorial lecture, delivered on some aspect of teaching in French Studies.
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Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter
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Emeritus Professor Ross Chambers
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Professor Chambers is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Sydney and a former McCaughey Professor of French Studies. He was also one of Sonia Marks’s early mentors. His publications span a wide range of topics including narrative theory, comparative literature and cultural studies.
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