Bok Seminar- Teaching with Purpose: Critical Pedagogy in a Time of Pandemic


Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Led by Eleanor Craig and Noelle Lopez

What makes learning meaningful and empowering for students? How can we as teachers develop practices that reflect our social values and commitments? How do we support students in bridging life experience and rigorous study? Considering the realities of teaching during a time of pandemic, this seminar will engage these questions through the lens of critical pedagogy. We'll examine the emergence of critical pedagogy in particular contexts of social justice struggles, and we'll explore ways to bring critical power analysis to teaching in a variety of disciplines and modalities. We will reflect individually and collectively on how critical pedagogical theories might transform teaching practice in Harvard (virtual) classrooms and beyond. Reading is expected between seminar meetings, and  will include selections from  authors like Paulo Freire, Sara Ahmed, and bell hooks. All levels of teaching experience welcome!

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