Creating Spaces for Conversation: Three Strategies

In a recent blog post, Cathy N. Davidson wrote: “There are personal, cultural, learning, and social reasons people don’t speak up in class.  Students of color and women of all races, introverts, the non-conventional thinkers, those from poor previous educational backgrounds, returning or “nontraditional students,” and those from cultures where speaking out is considered rude …

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Because nothing is sufficient, we must use everything

“Because nothing is sufficient, we must use everything,” Rebecca Fullan recently remarked, which is how I’ve come to understand the relationship between academia and activism. Since beginning my Ph.D. program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, I’ve struggled with the relationship between academic institutions and the grassroots, community-based, activist work that takes place on …

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Towards a Pedagogy of Equality

Recently, I was invited by the Futures Initiative and HASTAC to offer opening remarks for a year-long conversation, The University Worth Fighting For, a year-long project designed to tie student-centered, engaged practices in our classrooms to larger issues of institutional change, equality, race, gender, and all forms of social justice. Here is an excerpt from my …

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An Invitation Towards Social Justice in the Digital Humanities

This past week, members of the “De/Post/Colonial Digital Humanities” seminar at the Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT) summer institute, under the skillful guidance of Roopika Risam and micha cárdenas, came up with “Creative and Critical Precepts for Digital Humanities Projects,” a list of methodological, epistemological, and ethical questions to consider when designing a digital humanities …

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On Radical Interdisciplinarity

I spent this past year as a Research Fellow with the Futures Initiative, a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Queens College, a HASTAC Scholar, and a student in Cathy Davidson and Bill Kelly’s “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” course. I also was, and continue to be, a doctoral student in the English department at The …

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Student-Centered Pedagogy Class Recap

On March 10, 2015, I co-lead a public workshop on student-centered pedagogy with Michelle Gabay and Hallie Scott. Read the full recap here. Mapping the Futures of Higher Education Session Plan – March 10 – Student-Centered Pedagogy 415-615 pm Room 9206; Livestreamed at bit.ly/FuturesED-live A workshop for innovative classroom practices focusing on collaboration, crowdsourcing, and …

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