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Fall 2021 Pedagogy Circle Meeting

October 7, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Towards Inclusive Curricula: Using Humor in the Inclusive Classroom


At this meeting we expect to share ideas on how to create more inclusive curricula for PNW, specifically related to the use of humor in the classroom.  The meeting will feature guest speaker, Dr. Wendy St. Jean; see full agenda.

Humor can disarm students and open them to discussing controversial subjects. It can also alienate them if they feel that they have been made the target of jabs. As the purpose of an inclusive curriculum is to tune classes to student needs, we do not want to alienate them with satire that marginalizes groups in US society with which they might self-identify. Perhaps some of my best and worst classroom moments have involved humor. Come prepared to discuss some of yours, as well as the advantages and potential pitfalls of sharing cartoons, comedy sketches and humorous clips with students.


Co-sponsored by the Dept. of History, Philosophy, Politics and Economics and the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Pedagogy Circle is a forum where faculty gather to discuss what they love most – issues and problems relevant to teaching practices. Participants bring valuable insights and input to these meetings, but also benefit – through discussion, shared teaching tips, etc.

For more information visit the Pedagogy Circle webpage.


Virtual via Zoom. Register for connection information.


This forum is open to all faculty. In-coming faculty who are new to teaching are especially welcome, as are LTLs and CLs.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion five days prior to the event at edi@pnw.edu, 219-989-2163 (Hammond Campus) or 219-785-5545 (Westville Campus).


October 7, 2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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