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Friday, October 19 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
E-129: What Higher Education Instructors can Learn from Self-directed and Facilitated Learning Practices + The Promise and Threat of a Liberatory Pedagogy: Teaching African American Literature after Charlottesville FILLING

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This session explores how self-directed learning and facilitation practices in a democratic, progressive school can be applied to higher education settings. The session explores norms of traditional learning and contrasts these against other possibilities based on the panelists' training, observations, and applications drawn from organizations dedicated to self-directed learning.

In "Teaching to Transgress," bell hooks offers a revolutionary critique of passive modes of teaching which remains particularly relevant to the increasingly instrumentalized approaches to education that persist within community colleges today. hooks emphasizes the importance of encouraging students to challenge authority, to become active agents in the construction of knowledge, so that they may become fully actualized participants in a democratic society. However, this emphasis on transgression of hierarchies in the classroom, particularly within the historically left-leaning field of the humanities, has grown problematic as white supremacist ideologies have grown increasingly normalized. Due to the unique populations that they serve, community college instructors are often faced with the challenge of teaching a more ideologically and racially diverse population of students than instructors at so-called traditional colleges. At a time when challenging extremist ideologies might make one vulnerable to professional or even physical abuse, how can humanities instructors maintain a commitment to teaching inconvenient “truths” while also seeking to engage each student, regardless of political outlook, with a liberatory pedagogy? This presentation argues that a renewed focus on primary texts and a decentering of pedagogical authority remains crucial to maintaining such a commitment.


Katherine K. Chen

Associate Professor, City College of New York and Graduate Center, CUNY
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Katherine Chen is an award-winning organizational researcher and a sociology professor at The City College of New York and Graduate Center, CUNY. Her areas of expertise include organizations, economic sociology, and ethnography. Her most research... Read More →
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Brian Nail

Professor of English, Florida State College at Jacksonville
Preferred Gender Pronouns: he/himBio: Dr. Brian Nail is a Professor of English at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Jacksonville has a rich but under-acknowleged African American literary and artistic culture. And like other cities in the South, it also has a continuing legacy... Read More →
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Kristen Vinculado

Undergraduate, The City College of New York, CUNY
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/herBio: Kristen Vinculado is a undergraduate majoring in sustainable social development through the CUNY BA program. In regards to pedagogy, Kristen attended a progressive K-8 school and a traditional high school, experiencing two contrasting educational... Read More →

Friday October 19, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
LaGuardia, Room E-129, E Building 31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA