Talking About Gender? These Filmed Experiments Can Help

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by Alex Ates, Department of Theatre and Dance Gender topics are not just for the humanities. Interpreting gender is pivotal to deconstructing norms and methods in the sciences too. Could a new tool from the Verbatim Performance Lab at help you crack open conversations about gender in your classrooms? For example, The Serena Williams Project […]

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12 Inclusive Syllabus Suggestions from the Critical Digital Pedagogy Workgroup, Plus…

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Our syllabi are among the first points of contact with our students. And if the scholarship showing that students’ first impressions of our courses typically last for the entire semester, then we should pay attention to how the syllabus is a crucial document. An ad-hoc group of 21 faculty […]

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Adjusting to the Moment: Teaching and the Affects of Gun Violence

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By Dr. Alyxandra Vesey, Journalism and Creative Media I will never forget the first time that a student came up to me after class to request content warnings for course screenings. In my nine years of teaching college, I have received negative feedback from students who objected to what I screened for class. Some have […]

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The Intersection of Early British Literature Surveys and Anti-Racist Pedagogy

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by H. Austin Whitver, Department of English Recent political and cultural movements anchored in ethnocentric ideological beliefs pose a grave, if sometimes overlooked, threat to the English literature classroom. In his opening chapter of Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance, Charles W. Mills writes, “Ethnocentrism is, of course, a negative cognitive tendency common to all peoples, […]

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A Guide to Managing Class Discussion in a Tense Atmosphere 

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by Cassander L. Smith and Lauren S. Cardon, Department of English On February 18, 2019, the Department of English hosted a one-day symposium, “Teaching with Tension,” that addressed the extent to which attitudes about race and political environments produce pedagogical challenges for professors in the humanities. The day’s discussion included the presentation of a document […]

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Repost: How to Foster an Inclusive Classroom with a Constitution

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies In Fall 2018, Cathy Davidson invited me to repost from the Teaching Hub to the HASTAC (Humanities and Sciences Technology and Collaborative) site. And so I am returning the favor this semester by reposting something I promised to write for HASTAC: “To follow up on my promise from last year, […]

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Thanks for Accommodating Your Students!

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by Nathan Loewen, Department of Religious Studies Experiences with faculty are pivotal to everyone’s learning experience at our University. You, too, might remember more than a few teachers whose words and actions played a vital role in your education. In order to learn more about how we affect our students today at UA, a poll […]

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Making History to Promote Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

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by Ellen Griffith Spears, New College Learning the lessons of history is crucial to promoting diversity and achieving justice. University of Alabama students’ involvement in historical research on racial discrimination led to them “making history” in two ways — by writing about past events and by advancing the work of the Scottsboro Boys Museum and […]

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Reflections on Inclusion and Equity in Digitally Mediated Learning Spaces

by Heather Pleasants, Office of Institutional Effectiveness After returning from the Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute (DPL)*, writing a post about “Assessing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Digital Classrooms” seemed to make sense. However, I encountered a few challenges right away: Challenge #1: Who wants to read a blog post that starts with “assessing?”  (…crickets) Challenge […]

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