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Jo Park, "Teaching 'The Other'"
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

FBH, Faculty Lounge

Convener: Dianne Mitchell, CTL Graduate Fellow, English

How do we teach material that features authors and characters who are “other”: of a different race, religion, gender identity, etc than many of the figures who once formed the literary canon? Do students recognize them as “other” in the same was we do – as instructors who may have had to fight to propose particular courses? How do we deal productively with student assumptions about the material? And does devising courses primarily about “the other” sequester them in a harmful or a valuable way? We’ll tackle all these questions and more. All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the English department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.