THATCamp Buffalo

(The Humanities and Technology Camp)

“Synthesizing Critical Pedagogy and Creativity”

May 23, 2018

(Registration deadline: May 16)


We can’t wait for you to join us at this year’s THATCamp.








What is a THATCamp?

A THATCamp is a conference for educators to explore the critical integration of technology (see below) into their teaching. The morning will be comprised of focused “Boot Camp” sessions. An initial brainstorming session will lead to any number of possible presentations in the afternoon. It is all up to the group. Come with a curiosity and leave with answers and strategies from the collective.

Connecting Critical Pedagogy* and Technology

How can technology help students to express themselves in creative ways?
How might technology hinder creativity?
How can technology help students think about the world’s problems in new ways?
How can technology help students give voice to the voiceless?
How can critical understandings inform our integration of new technologies?
How do we think critically about the use of technology in our teaching?
How do we get students to ask questions like:

  • Is technology always progress?
  • Is technology always necessary?
  • Who gets excluded when technological tools are implemented?

(*For a definition of Critical Pedagogy, see below)

Schedule & Speakers


8:30am-9:00am Light Breakfast (SASE 2nd Floor)

9:00am-10:50am Session I

11:00am-12:50pm Session II

12:50pm-1:45pm Lunch/Unconference Unveiling (Dining Hall)

2:00pm-2:50pm Unconference Session I

3:00pm-3:50pm Unconference Session II

3:50pm-4:30pm Closing Fiesta (SASE 2nd Floor)

Speakers – coming soon

When & Where

The 2018 THATCamp Buffalo will be held at the historic D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY.

Event Details

Date: 23 May 2018
Time: 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Location: 320 Porter Ave,
Buffalo, NY


THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp,” but THATCamps typically include other disciplines as well, and this year’s THATCamp at D’Youville College in Buffalo especially welcomes faculty and high school teachers from the sciences, healthcare professions, and other professional disciplines, because our goal is to help faculty in all disciplines integrate the principles of critical pedagogy and creativity into their curricula. THATCamp registration is open to the public for a fee of $30. Non-D’Youville attendees can also choose to attend the Conference on Teaching Innovation, also held at D’Youville College, occurring the day before THATCamp, at a discount package price of $70. Both conferences are free to attend for all D’Youville College faculty.


Register for THATCamp only on May 23.

Additionally, you can register for the Conference on Teaching Innovation on May 22 and THATCamp on May 23, both at D’Youville College.


Out of town attendees can enjoy Buffalo, a vibrant city filled with things to do and discover! This classic American city is undergoing a 21st-century renaissance that includes a revitalized waterfront and neighborhoods, burgeoning craft beer scene and new attractionsrestaurants and hotels. That’s in addition to the classic American architecture (including several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings), world-renowned art scene and eponymous chicken wings that have always put our city on the map. Let the following hotels know you are attending an event at D’Youville College and they may be able to offer you a discounted stay.

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Buffalo Canalside

(716) 840-9566

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Buffalo Canalside

Hilton Garden Inn

Embassy Suites

*What is Critical Pedagogy?

According to educator Ira Shor, Critical Pedagogy encompasses “habits of thought, reading, writing, and speaking which go beneath surface meaning, first impressions, dominant myths, official pronouncements, traditional clichés, received wisdom, and mere opinions, to understand the deep meaning, root causes, social context, ideology, and personal consequences of any action, event, object, process, organization, experience, text, subject matter, policy, mass media, or discourse” (Empowering Education, 129). Critical Pedagogy is a vision and practice of education as a form of social transformation: not just preparing students for the existing jobs in the world as it is, but preparing them to transform that world from what it is into what it could be. Critical Pedagogy argues that in the traditional mode of education, the voices and experiences of the students themselves are silenced and marginalized; students are taught to be passive receptacles of the knowledge that the teacher distributes. Critical Pedagogy seeks to interrupt and destabilize this model of education in order to liberate students to become active and empowered citizens.


Here is a list of resources and Web sites about critical pedagogy.