Year of Conversation Workshops / Registration

Year of Conversation Workshops

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Description

REAL (Race, Equity, and Learning in Higher Ed.) 

  • 03/29

  • 04/05

  • 04/19

  • 04/26

  • In this workshop series, we will have courageous conversations about teaching and learning in relation to race and equity. The intention is to bring colleagues together, so we could learn from each other and foster a learning community. This reading group workshop will focus on specific topics in Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment: The Global Relevance of Critical Inclusive Pedagogies in Higher Education by Frank Tuitt, Chayla Haynes, Saran Stewart, and Lori D. Patton. (The book will be distributed at the first session). Topics may include critical and inclusive pedagogy, pursuing equity through diversity, campus racial climate, and experiences of students of color.Civil discussions on campus are vital even if they cross cultural, racial, and political lines. To achieve greater equity, inclusion, and social justice, faculty need resources and classroom strategies to begin talking about race, racism, inequality, and privilege. And these workshops serve to do just that.​

Race, Whiteness, and The Alt-Right

  • 04/18

  • 04/25

  • 04/26

  • Part of what it means to be a community is to be pro-active about ensuring that the needs of the most vulnerable among us are heard. At SFSU, large sections of our student body belong to communities that have been particularly affected by the rise of white supremacy in the United States. This includes students of color, students who are immigrants, trans students, disabled students, Muslim students, Jewish students, and others. Alt-Right ideology has turned all these students into objects of disdain and possible targets of violence and discrimination. A colloquium series will bring four experts from various disciplines to SFSU to speak about the history and ideology of the Alt-Right and about the nature and state of racial politics in the United States today. Special care will be taken to ensure that the cohort of speakers is gender balanced and racially diverse, and that students from, all walks of life attend the events. This colloquium intends to give SFSU students some intellectual resources to think critically about this new reality and to understand where the Alt-Right comes from, how it constitutes itself, and what its consequences may be. 

MIND THE GAP: The Journey of Seeing the Complete Individual in Ourselves and Others

  • 04/15

  • 04/15

  • 04/19

  • 04/26

  • Dialogue and interaction with others has become more and more difficult. Real time human interaction is our greatest weapon to have in our arsenal of winning over our tendencies to fall into the traps of interpersonal conflicts. We have often become too afraid to SEE another person. The actuality of “SEEING” another person is very important in the theatre and in everyday life. Our daily lives must have some mindful approaches to authenticity and philosophies of engagement with the world and each other. In four sessions this interactive workshop will bring together our diverse community to participate in mindfully conducted theatre and movement exercises that engender communication with/without words, simple movement creation exercises and dialogue. Over the course of the sessions participants will interview each other. They will be paired with another that is different from themselves with regards to gender, age, race, religion, political affiliation which will be determined through exercises. These interviews will become short plays to be performed and/or discussed with participants and guests during the last session. The workshops will be conducted with Broadway veteran and Assistant Professor of Theatre Mark Allan Davis. 

Breathing In, Speaking Up: Contemplative Practices and Social Justice

  • 03/13

  • 04/06

  • 04/23

  • 04/15

  • Contemplative practices play an increasingly important role in higher education curricula and programs. Our goal is to host a series of workshops during academic year 2017-18 to explore the association between social justice and contemplative practices and their potential to benefit campus climate and student success. To this end we will convene a multidisciplinary group of scholars and staff from across the SF State campus. Guest speakers and selected readings will provide a background for group discussion and practice. Topics will include contemplative practice pedagogy (content and skills in mindfulness meditation, deep listening, compassion training); holistic education, an educational philosophy that emphasizes experiential learning, mutually supportive relationships, appreciation of the natural world, and promotion of humanitarian values; experiential contemplative-based practices for classroom use for student and faculty success; and mixed quantitative and qualitative measures for evaluating these practices in the classroom.

Social Pedagogy Plus: A Model for Addressing Sensitive Social Issues in the Classroom

  • 03/29

  • 04/05

  • 04/19

  • 05/03

  • Social justice topics are at the very heart of most of the conflict in universities, and society in general today: issues of free speech, violence, homelessness, immigration, safety net programs, white supremacy, anti-LGBTQ sentiments, sexual harassment and assault, abortion and contraception, health disparities, and many others pose challenges for students and teachers alike. Our model presents a systematic way to infuse a class with social justice content, and provides a forum to discuss pedagogical strategies that best support that content. We will present a step-by-step model for implementing changes to any undergraduate course with an eye to social justice topics, democratic classes, community-building activities, and reducing triggering and alienating features of classes that affect student engagement, particularly for students from underrepresented groups. In addition, we will address the challenges of discussing potentially sensitive social justice issues in the classroom. 

Gaining Access and Insight Through Reading and Discussing the Memoir 

  • 02/13

  • 03/13

  • 04/10

  • 05/08

  • This reading group will examine current memoirs that dive deep into difficult and highly personal stories.  As the group decides  which memoirs we will read, our goal will be to compliment and expand this foundation to include a range of ideas from various perspectives. When we meet, we will ask ourselves and each other how the books we read might change the way we teach and interact with our students and each other as university colleagues.  

Registration links

YEAR OF CONVERSATION: REAL (Race, Equity, and Learning in Higher Ed) 

YEAR OF CONVERSATION: Social Pedagogy Plus: A model for addressing sensitive social issues in the classroom 

YEAR OF CONVERSATION: Gaining Access and Insight Through Reading and Discussing the Memoir

YEAR OF CONVERSATION: Race, Whiteness, and the Alt-Right

YEAR OF CONVERSATION: Breathing in, Speaking Up: Contemplative Practices and Social Justice

YEAR OF CONVERSATION: MIND THE GAP: The Journey of Seeing the Complete Individual in Ourselves and Others