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Teaching Day Preparation: A Luncheon Workshop

When: Monday, April 3 @ 12:00pm-1:00pm

If you are wondering about appropriate pedagogy for addressing controversial topics in the classroom, please join the Politics department and the CFT for a luncheon workshop.

This experience represents an important chance to address how our scholarly disciplines help us interpret the world around us. In preparation for workshop, please read the following articles that discuss doing just that: "Talking Trump in the Classroom" and "Talking Trump in Class.” 

A note and reminder from Andrea Hatcher: "It is encouraging to see such a positive response to the Politics Department’s invitation to join us in a “Teaching Day” to mark the first 100 days of the Trump administration (that standard by which beginning presidencies are judged). The timing brings us to the close of this semester, so faculty in our department have set aside a class period in each of our courses during the last week of April (24th-27th) to think and talk about America and the world after the first 100 days of this new presidency

Because the effects of government may be viewed beyond the lens of political science, we invite faculty across the University to join us for this Teaching Day. If you think it appropriate, you may set aside a class or portion of a class in each of your courses to think and talk about the first 100 days of this new administration from your various topical and scholarly perspectives. This is already a historic presidency in many ways, and it is fitting to respond to the changes around us by doing what we faculty do best at This Place—to teach

Our purpose is to create a moment of intensive civic engagement on campus as we reflect on these 100 days from a multi-disciplinary approach. Our Teaching Day is a way to bring civic life into the classroom so that students are able to make direct connections to their academic interests. And campus-wide participation demonstrates that politics and government have far-reaching effects on each of our academic interests. It is a time for civil discussion in which we can take public controversies and bathe them in the light of reasoned discourse.

Most importantly, because it involves analyses from our various scholarly disciplines, this Teaching Day is a non-partisan, non-ideological way to offer a thoughtful response to the world around us. If you will, think about whether this is appropriate to you.There is no obligation to participate, and this exercise is not promoted by the Administration. But it is our hope that there will be widespread participation to cultivate a sense of engagement by us and our students."