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We are excited to welcome you to the 2017 Teaching, Learning & Innovation Summer Institute (TLISI) at Georgetown University, May 22-25 in the Healey Family Student Center. We have an exciting programming schedule to offer you that includes innovative sessions, workshops, keynote speakers, social hours and more! Please use this tool, SCHED, to select the individual sessions you would like to attend throughout the week of TLISI. Please note—we recommend you select your sessions as soon as possible, as some sessions are capped at specific capacities! If you have any questions, please email tlisi@georgetown.edu. Thank you and we’ll see you in May!

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Monday, May 22 • 1:50pm - 4:15pm
Teaching to the Times: Navigating Difficult Issues in Our Courses - 1:50-4:15

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1:50-4:15 - Two and a half hour session
This interactive workshop will explore various techniques for broaching, unpacking, and transforming challenges presented by current events. Regardless of whether our courses are already focused on political issues directly, and irrespective of our own political ideologies, what pedagogies are effective for promoting inclusive spaces for dialogue, reflection, and engagement with timely topics and issues? How might we integrate real-time concerns into the longer-term questions that animate our fields and inquiries? How can we bridge the cultivation of analytical skills and capacities for student self-care while maintaining academic rigor and the integrity of our course themes? How much space are we willing and able to give ourselves to experiment with new pedagogies and cutting-edge issues in our coursework? Can the perception of “crisis” also yield opportunities for transformational learning?

In this session we will consider options for addressing such queries, covering an array of potential techniques, and opening up space to compare notes and best practices for incorporating difficult and timely topics into our work. (The intended audience is primarily educators; outcomes include honing skills of facilitation and design.)


Randall Amster

Program Director, JUPS

Sylvia Onder

Teaching Professor

Monday May 22, 2017 1:50pm - 4:15pm
Herman Room Healey Family Student Center