Paper Title

Teaching Gender and Race at Alabama

Moderator

Jennifer Joines,University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa

Location

Room 221, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

Start Date

2-4-2016 3:30 PM

End Date

2-4-2016 4:45 PM

Keywords

feminist pedagogy, intersectional feminism, teaching

Abstract

This panel explores critical feminist pedagogy and its practical application in the Introduction to Women’s Studies curriculum and classroom. Master’s students in The University of Alabama’s Gender and Race department have the opportunity to teach large introductory classes in their second year, as a part of their graduate assistantship. Because Introduction to Women’s Studies serves a Humanities requirement for undergraduates, the instructors are exposed to a diverse student body and various classroom discussions and circumstances. While this is by no means unusual for a Women’s Studies classroom, we believe that our geographic location, and our campus history, politics, and social environment provide us with particularly unique experiences.

Therefore, this panel will explore a variety of questions as they relate to critical feminist pedagogy and praxis, the instructor and their body, and challenges and successes in the classroom. How do we create an inclusive classroom in a campus environment rife with tensions surrounding gender, race, sexuality, class, religion, and ability? How do we stimulate and sustain productive discussion in a large classroom, when much of the material is not discussed publically or elicits passionate reactions? What techniques might we use in order to deviate from what Paulo Friere calls a “banking style” of learning? In exploring these questions and others, this panel will present their lived experiences as instructors, and the techniques, strategies and philosophies they implement.

Please click the links below to view more information about each presentation.

“Burden of Proof: The Politics and Possibilities of an Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive Classroom”

April Caddell, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

“Pedagogy of Inclusivity in a ‘Post-Racial’ Classroom”

Lindsey Smith, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa
Brenda Hanson, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

“Teaching the Oppressor: Issues in Feminist Pedagogy at the University of Alabama”

Francesca Voci, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

“Critique and Creativity: Intersectionality in the Introductory Classroom”

Kristen Kuczenski, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa


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Apr 2nd, 3:30 PM Apr 2nd, 4:45 PM

Teaching Gender and Race at Alabama

Room 221, DiGiorgio Campus Center (DiGs)

This panel explores critical feminist pedagogy and its practical application in the Introduction to Women’s Studies curriculum and classroom. Master’s students in The University of Alabama’s Gender and Race department have the opportunity to teach large introductory classes in their second year, as a part of their graduate assistantship. Because Introduction to Women’s Studies serves a Humanities requirement for undergraduates, the instructors are exposed to a diverse student body and various classroom discussions and circumstances. While this is by no means unusual for a Women’s Studies classroom, we believe that our geographic location, and our campus history, politics, and social environment provide us with particularly unique experiences.

Therefore, this panel will explore a variety of questions as they relate to critical feminist pedagogy and praxis, the instructor and their body, and challenges and successes in the classroom. How do we create an inclusive classroom in a campus environment rife with tensions surrounding gender, race, sexuality, class, religion, and ability? How do we stimulate and sustain productive discussion in a large classroom, when much of the material is not discussed publically or elicits passionate reactions? What techniques might we use in order to deviate from what Paulo Friere calls a “banking style” of learning? In exploring these questions and others, this panel will present their lived experiences as instructors, and the techniques, strategies and philosophies they implement.

Please click the links below to view more information about each presentation.

“Burden of Proof: The Politics and Possibilities of an Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive Classroom”

April Caddell, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

“Pedagogy of Inclusivity in a ‘Post-Racial’ Classroom”

Lindsey Smith, University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa
Brenda Hanson, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

“Teaching the Oppressor: Issues in Feminist Pedagogy at the University of Alabama”

Francesca Voci, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

“Critique and Creativity: Intersectionality in the Introductory Classroom”

Kristen Kuczenski, University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa