Building Trust for Contentious Classroom Discussions

Building Trust for Contentious Classroom Discussions
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

In this webinar, Ari Weinberg and Zarah Quinn will discuss trust-building strategies and teaching pedagogies which aid in creating fruitful classroom dynamics and discussions, especially when dealing with difficult topics. We will consider the ethics around the assignments we choose, activities or speakers we bring into our spaces, and the emotional labor required to process contentious and emotional topics. Furthermore, we will consider the effects of current events, and mental health on classroom dynamics. One question I ask is, can considerate decision-making within the classroom allow for both academic and emotional learning?

Ari Weinberg is a Ph.D. Candidate at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. At the moment, Ari is working on their dissertation which focuses on the function of rhetorics of Jewishness and antisemitism in American culture and politics. Ari asks: How does antisemitic rhetoric function in American society and politics? What are the lived consequences of this rhetoric? Ari plans to explore these questions through three thematic chapters: rhetoric concerning financial and racial privilege,  the appropriation of Jewish history, suffering, and identity and last, the relationship between dual loyalty clauses and Zionist politics (on both the left and the right).

Zarah Quinn is a PhD candidate in American Studies at William & Mary. She is interested in the tangled ways that American ideals of freedom shape our material and social worlds. In particular, her dissertation explores the im/material specters of American freedom that haunt the arrival of the Anthropocene.

This will be the tenth of a series of HASTAC Webinars that will run through the end of the summer. In this series, HASTAC Scholars will facilitate 45-minute webinars on topics ranging from Interview Prep or Blog Posting to Networking, Personal Statements, and Pedagogy Strategies for Adjuncts.

RSVP is free. Call-in details and link for the webinar are below. 


Topic: HASTAC Scholars Digital Fridays
Time: Feb 7, 2020 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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