On April 23, 2014 Blake Library hosted the fourth Focus on Faculty presentation given by Geraldine Cannon Becker. The presentation took place in Nadeau Hall from 9 to 10am.
Professor Cannon Becker's presentation, "A Transformative Experience: Self Reflections, Collaborative Inquiry, and Arts-Based Research," focused on what she hoped to do in her community in terms of garden projects and her work with two different groups, the Transformative Language Arts Network and WE LEARN (Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network).
At the recent WE LEARN conference, which Professor Cannon Becker co-chaired and which took place in early March, Professor Cannon Becker did a presentation on "Cultivating Imaginary Gardens: Transformative Reflections on Images." The presentation "...used short stories, poems, and images as a springboard for active imagination as we talk[ed] about gardens and generate[d] ideas, pin-pointing just what would be in the gardens of our dreams." (Excerpt from conference description). Professor Cannon Becker gave a second presentation on "Cultivating Self-Defense & Transforming A Life: A Call to Spirit," in which she "...review[ed] some basic strategies for self-defense and present[ed] some examples of those strategies in action in common situations." (Excerpt from conference description).
Professor Cannon Becker has been featured in two books through her work with WE LEARN. The first is a piece called, "Looking at You," in the book Out Stories, Ourselves: The EmBODYment of Women's Literacy, in which is included "...the writings of 26 contributors...who examine the rich terrain of personal and professional experiences related to whole person engagement in learning and teaching." (Back cover).
The second piece is called "Enriching Lives" in the book Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from Experience. The book is a "...unique volume of writings by educators in the field working with women's literacy [that] reveals the many ways in which addressing women's empowerment through literacy continues to impact lives." (Publisher - description excerpt).
In addition to her past publications, Professor Cannon Becker has a paper that was recently accepted for publication at Chrysalis: The Journal of Transformative language Arts:
"A Transformative Experience of Soulful Gardening: Cultivating with Mind, Body, and Spirit," Geraldine Cannon Becker. Chrysalis: The Journal of Transformative Language Arts (Fall, 2014)
Becker, G. C. (2012). Looking at you. In M. Miller and K. P. King (Eds.), Adult Education Special Topics: Theory, Research & Practice in Lifelong Learning Series: Our Stories, Ourselves: The EmBODYment of Women's Literacy. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
At UMFK: UMFK Spec Coll Univ. LC1663 .O94 2011
Becker, G. C. (2009). Enriching lives. In M. Miller and K. P. King (Eds.), Adult Education Special Topics: Theory, Research & Practice in Lifelong Learning Series: Empowering Women through Literacy: Views from Experience. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
At UMFK: UMFK Stacks LC1660 .M55 2009
(banner image is of Sharon Zimmer-Boucher, Roger Grindle, and Roland Burns)