Center for Faculty Innovation

CFI Read and Dialogue: Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown

Tue, 24 Oct 2023 12:30 PM - Tue, 14 Nov 2023 1:30 PM

Activist adrienne maree brown’s keynote at the JMU Queer Teach-In explores her work. To keep the conversation going, faculty—whether able to attend the Teach-In or not—are invited to join the CFI Reading Group to explore adrienne maree brown’s book, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Shaping Worlds. According to brown’s website, the book is “a guidebook for getting in right relationship with change, using our own nature and that of creatures beyond human as our teachers.”

In this group, we will explore ways to apply the lessons of Emergent Strategy to our work in higher education, and build community around “getting in right relationship with change,” in ourselves, our classrooms, our units, our communities, and beyond.

The book is available as an e-book from the JMU Libraries. We will read the book in stages across this four-week reading group.

Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30pm, starting 10/24 through 11/14

Location: Online


Faculty participants will make progress towards the following program outcomes:

  • Identifying lessons for higher education from the book Emergent Strategy
  • Applying Emergent Strategy to their work as faculty
  • Building community on campus around Emergent Strategy and right relationship with change

Apply by: Friday, October 6 at 5pm


Application Questions: (QuestionPro Survey)

  • Name, email, college, department
  • Describe what you hope to get out of this reading group.
  • Describe what contributions you plan to make to this reading group.
  • Will you be able to make all four of the meetings? If not, how many will you be able to attend?

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations or accommodations (e.g., dietary, disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in your account profile. You may also reach out to us at or (540) 568-4846.


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