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Fall 2020 Virtual Pedagogy Circle Meeting

October 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Teaching in a Time of Twin Crises: Pandemic + Racism

Given the twin crises (medical and political) in America right now, how do we make our classes more relevant? Given the realities of the twenty-first century classroom (student inattention, the crisis in reading-comprehension skills, academic dishonesty, etc.), our task is difficult enough. But now we have the added complexities of a life threatening pandemic, plus protest politics.

Under these circumstances, how do we make our course contents more relevant? How do we speak of mortality, human resilience amidst adversity and the relevance of science? How do we speak of racism, anti-racism and the challenges of a curriculum that trails behind the times? How do we accommodate and explore anti-racist perspectives? How do we deepen our understanding of racism? What does critical thinking mean in these challenging times? What is a suitable pandemic pedagogy? What is a suitable anti-racist pedagogy? In an age of therapy, how do we speak of stillness in the eye of the storm as a way of dealing with adversity?

Open to all faculty, join your colleagues for the Fall 2020 Pedagogy Circle virtual meeting to discuss the challenges of adapting course contents to the pandemic and protest movements. Raise your own questions, share your experiences, and discuss these important topics with your colleagues.

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