Generative AI technology, such as ChatGPT, has emerged as a potential game-changer for humanities education across a range of institutions, including R1 universities, community colleges, high schools, public and private institutions, and rural, suburban, and urban locales. The widespread availability of generative AI technology calls for a reexamination of our current literacy curricula and teaching strategies. What research and critical thinking skills will students need to assess the quality of AI-generated content? How can we teach students to use these tools ethically, in a way that supports rather than undermines their learning? How can we ensure that all students, and not just the most privileged, have access to these technologies and the critical literacies needed to operate them?


Although some might view computer sciences departments and technology industries as the center of the AI debates, we believe that educators and scholars in the Humanities should take a leading role in the AI cultural shift. Thinking critically about generative AI and working creatively with its new technologies will be central to ensuring that our students are prepared for a future of responsible citizenship and rewarding careers.




Participants will:

  • Learn about the educational, ethical, and societal issues surrounding generative AI large language models;
  • See several current AI tools demonstrated;
  • Share concerns and insights with other teachers on the ground who are dealing with or interested in emerging AI technologies in their classrooms;
  • Gain practical takeaways for classroom teaching (e.g., evaluating AI detection tools; using AI in the classroom);
  • Build a network and community of educators in the greater Kansas City area who are interested in AI issues and their relationship to Humanities teaching more generally.

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023

Time: 10 am – 2 pm (lunch included)

Location: Hall Center for the Humanities, 900 Sunnyside Drive, Lawrence, KS

SPACES ARE LIMITED. We especially encourage applications from educators in the KC metro, Lawrence, and eastern Kansas/central Kansas region; we will select participants to ensure the broadest institutional representation. Early applications will be given priority.



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