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The 15th Mountain Lake Colloquium 

May 19-22 2019

The 15th biennial Mountain Lake Colloquium is on the horizon, and we sincerely hope you will plan to join us from May 19 - 22, 2019 in Pembroke, Virginia as we come together to celebrate the collective and individual growth that we associate with Mountain Lake.  


This year, our keynote presenter will be Dr. Kimberly Sheridan from George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development (read more about Dr. Sheridan here​). In addition Marie McCarthy, Carlos Abril, Janet Barrett, and Bryan Powell will explore different aspects of our theme: "Connecting to the Past, Exploring the Present, Shaping the Future."


This year’s theme will revolve around the following sub-themes:


1. Connecting to the Past


Knowing our history offers an extensive evidential base for the contemplation and analysis of general music education methods, including the advancement of understandings regarding constructed knowledge and its dissemination to successive generations of teachers and learners, for better or for worse.


Historical papers and presentations may include, but are not limited to: biographical and autobiographical studies, demography, economic history, cultural history, gender studies, leadership and administrative history, LGBTQ+, material culture, media and technology, political history, and social history.


2. Exploring The Present


Teaching is a complex venture where the present is frequently formed, influenced, or even designed by experiences from the past and premonitions of the future. The present can be described as a moment in time discernible as between past and future and can vary in meaning from an instant to the general period of time in which we are currently living. The present for this conference will be defined as contemporary practice.


Present or contemporary practice papers and presentations may include, but are not limited to: changing practices, contemporary tools and materials, educational opportunities and issues of access, innovative projects and approaches, mindfulness, and social issues including bullying, civil rights, immigrant populations, poverty and inequality, racism, and corporate influence.


3. Shaping the Future


The future’s inevitable arrival provides us the opportunity to postulate possible, probable, and optimal futures (and the views and myths that underlie them) in the hope that we will understand what is likely to continue, what is likely to change, and what is innovative, unique, or novel.

Potential future practice papers and presentations may include, but are not limited to: comparative studies, critical theory, forecasting, futurism, predictive approaches, philosophy, psychology, theory or metatheory, and religious studies.


On behalf of the 2019 planning team, we look forward to seeing you at the next Mountain Lake Colloquium.

Brent Gault and Ann Clements, Colloquium Coordinators

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