Center for Faculty Innovation

Read and Dialogue: We Want to Do More than Survive (Reading Group)

Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This Reading Group will meet virtually on Thursdays 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, and 11/12 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. 

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Extended deadline: Tuesday, 9/22, at 12 PM.

In her book, We Want to Do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, author Bettina L. Love aims to help people understand that the educational system is killing brown and black bodies. She invites readers to join, to work in solidarity with marginalized communities, and to recognize how educational systems (institutions) are supporting structural racism; until we fix the system, we can’t fix the problem of inequities in education. This learning community aims to bring together a diverse group of participants, intentionally guided by two faculty facilitators of various racial and other identity groups, to read and discuss this book, its implications for our teaching and for transforming education systems, as well as potential advocacy efforts at JMU and in our broader communities. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Space is limited.


Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Identifying and discussing diverse perspectives on abolitionist teaching in higher education;
  • Reflecting on their own experiences in relation to the readings and conversations; and
  • Developing concrete liberatory strategies and action plans for applying the insights gained.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor;
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices;
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning); and
  • Articulating how current pedagogical choices reflect disciplinary norms.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a graduate student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)860-0524.

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