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KRIBEN PILLAY (article first published : 2005-01-3)

Dr Kriben Pillay, writer, consultant and honorary researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, has been invited to take part in what may well be the first global classroom when Central Virginia Community College in the United States launches its Spring Philosophy 100 course on 10 January 2005.

The global classroom concept has been initiated by Professor Patrick McCarty, who is a finalist for the State of Virginiaís Chancellorís Commonwealth Professorship which recognises teaching excellence. Professor McCarty will be based at Athens University for the first month of this programme and the course will reach students via the internet with the participating lecturers linking up in the same way from various parts of the world.

The idea was first implemented in September 2004, when Professor McCarty delivered a course from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, into four colleges in Virginia. The course had about 100 students, and was so well received that the number of participating colleges in Virginia has doubled.

Dr Pillay has been invited to participate because of his publications and experiential work in various aspects of transformation. The other guest lecturers are alternative educationist and writer Steven Harrison from Boulder, Colorado, who recently participated in the Soul-in-Education conference in Pietermaritzburg, and Professor Wendell Wallach, a leading investigator into consciousness who is at Yale University where he is currently teaching a class on ethics and artificial intelligence.

Rather than being a staid academic course, Philosophy 100 will attempt to investigate crucial questions about change, happiness and freedom with practitioners who are themselves exponents of an integral perspective on lifeís challenges in the new millennium.

Philosophy 100 will be offered live on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11h00 Eastern Standard Time from January 10 to May 10, 2005. Students will be participating in the course in Europe, Africa and the USA and will be in college classrooms via internet with the four professors.

The course will be available to anyone in the world in real time with a broadband connection. The course can be taken for university credit for $600 and audited non-credit for $50. To register, email Professor Patrick McCarty at mccartyp@cvcc.vccs.edu or call the USA at 434-832-7668. The course textbooks can be ordered at the same time, if these are desired.

More information from Kriben Pillay on tel/fax 031 262 7152, 082 466 1745 or email: info@noumenon.co.za




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