UToledo Hosts International Webinar
The Judith Herb College of Education hosted a webinar for the International Society of Educational Biography (ISEB) this fall. Titled “Life Writing Methodologies in 2020: Writing and Sharing our Lived Experiences”, presenters were from across the United States (Dr. Edward Janak, University of Toledo; Dr. Lucy Bailey, Oklahoma State University; Dr. Thalia Mulvihill, Ball State University; and Dr. Raji Swaminathan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Canada (Dr. Luigi Iannacci, Trent University). Attendees were from Poland and the United Kingdom as well as across North America, from Nova Scotia to Seattle. Two UToledo graduate assistants, Chris Wojciechowski and Elizabeth Razzoog, were instrumental in setting up the technology for the gathering as well as providing real-time technical support throughout the event. Attendees sent immediate feedback about the session: one called it “an uplifting session”; another wrote “I’m so glad to have found you all—I’m in heaven”; and a third wrote “I find the readings and conversations timely, enjoyable, empowering, and thought-provoking.” This was the first time that ISEB moved to cyberspace, and due to the success of the event UToledo will likely host future versions, with it likely becoming an annual event.