Northwestern University

Mon 12:00 PM

UTR: Teaching the Unteachable: Pedagogies for Teaching Disturbing Topics in the Classroom

When: Monday, May 19, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Where: 627 Dartmouth Place, Searle Center Library, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff

Cost: Faculty Free

Contact: Muveddet D Harris   1.847.491.4586

Group: Searle Faculty Events

Category: Academic

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How does a professor teach the unteachable? “Unteachable,” in this sense, refers both to the content of the course and to the students that the course attempts to reach. In this co-presented dialogue on teaching disturbing topics—and possibly resistant students--Professor Sharma uses examples from, “Diversity and Inequality at Northwestern University,” a pilot course considered for the Diversity Requirement. How do we address racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression as they take place in the world, on campus, and in our classrooms? What are methods for engaging in critique of the very institutions we inhabit? In addition, how can faculty present this material in a way that speaks to an incredible range of students? Professor Frommer will focus on lessons learned from more than a decade of teaching about horrific crimes of war and genocide. How can we study acts that by their very abhorrent nature disturb and repel students?  How do we address topics of identity-based persecution and intimate violence, including rape and torture, that might resonate all too closely with some student's own traumatic life experiences, either of a personal or familial nature?  How can we ensure a safe classroom environment that doesn't further traumatize students and yet still allow for free discussion that is central to the learning process?

Led by Benjamin Frommer and Nitasha Sharma

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