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Teaching in a Polarized Campus

Facilitator: Abigail Dym, CETLI Graduate Fellow, Political Science
Convener: Professor Sigal Ben-Porath, Political Science and Education

Controversial topics inevitably arise in learning environments. This CETLI workshop will address how TAs and instructors might prepare to bring up controversial topics in today’s often polarized political and campus environments. We will discuss how to best prepare lesson plans about topics that can become contentious, like racism or climate change; and look for productive ways to think about integrating these lessons into existing course and recitation syllabi. We will also discuss how to navigate scenarios when students are the ones who ‘heat up’ the discussion, either in relation to the class topic or in their interaction with each other.

All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Political Science department and so may be most useful to students in related fields.

Counts toward the CETLI Teaching Certificate.

Registrations are closed for this event

Thursday, September 23, 2021

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Room B21
Stiteler Hall
208 South 37th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
Event Participants:

School of Arts & Sciences

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