Sensitive Topics in the Classroom, Brown Bag Discussion: International & Religious Issues – Sept. 12

Join this informal discussion about approaches for effectively prompting or responding to potentially tense classroom interactions. Hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning.

Sensitive Topics in the Classroom, Brown Bag Discussion: Race & Privilege
Friday, Sept. 12, 12:10-1:20 p.m.
Moseley 215 (Bring your lunch)

The first brown bag discussion (held on Aug. 29) focused on teaching about race and privilege in the U.S. This second brown bag discussion will focus specifically on teaching about international and religious issues, sparked by the Israel-Gaza conflict. It will be held Friday, Sept. 12 at 12:10 p.m. in Moseley 215. Please bring your lunch. No need to RSVP. We’re aiming to make this is a practical and stimulating session for faculty from any discipline.

As in the first discussion, we’ll focus on the specific and unique topic at hand but also discuss some more general questions:  How do these topics enter our classrooms, even when we don’t anticipate them? How can we anticipate and respond to student perspectives during class discussion? How can we introduce such topics in productive ways? How can we set up and model civil discussion on sensitive topics rather than avoiding them? And, ultimately, how can we have civil, meaningful, and authentic conversations about sensitive topics in the classroom?