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Faculty Spotlight: Brooke Bryan Lighting the Path to Oral History Pedagogies in Morocco

Brooke Bryan has been widely recognized for her work in Oral History pedagogy. Among her many titles, her role as the Co-Director of the Oral History in the Liberal Arts initiative
( led to the development of many accessible tools and resources in oral history and digital storytelling. 
Brooke’s program was featured at the Engaging Liberal Learning Through Global Partnerships: 
Leadership and Liaison Meetings of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance last month. The Alliance explored the potential impact her work could have on collaborations within the Greater Lakes College Association (GLCA) as well as with colleges involved in the wider Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA). The conference was held in Ifrane, Morocco at Al Akhawayn University. Goals included searching for constructive and 
intentional ways of bringing together educational values and strategies in order to share, and explore opportunities within our communities and globally.


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As a student at Antioch College not only am I immersed in superb rigorous work, but I am also thrown out of the coop and into the co-op world where I am expected to make my own temporary coop then return to the coop I was kicked out of to apply my experience to my education to foster tools for my future permanent coop. As of today, I am working two jobs for the first time which has proved to somehow be more tiring than working the same amount of hours at one job. This experience however, humbles me as well as tests my leadership abilities in the workplace. In regards to my first two weeks of co op I feel reminded of how testing capabilities is necessary for growth in many cases as well as a positive attitude. Progress is relative, and having a flexible agenda allows you to restructure your time in ways that leads to better work, and more enthusiastic productivity. And as I test my leadership skills in the workplace it is evident that giving myself this same flexibility to work on myself is strategic since I can allow myself more time to really focus on one part of me that needs more love than other parts of me that may not be ready for that kind of over whelming experience. While all of my skills in both of my workplaces are really mediocre I feel like these revelations of time and energy are both key elements in making my work move from mediocre to great. As well as the enthusiasm of my employers, and their willingness to not only answer my questions but teach me the ways of their profession.

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