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Spring 2017 Discussion Groups

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The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy

By: Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber
Discussion Facilitator: Jessica Miller

If there is one section of society that should be cultivating deep thought in itself and others, it is academia. Yet the corporatization of the contemporary university has sped up the clock, demanding increased speed and efficiency from faculty regardless of the consequences for education and scholarship.

In The Slow Professor, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber discuss how adopting the principles of the Slow movement in academic life can counter this erosion of humanistic education. Focusing on the individual faculty member and his or her own professional practice, Berg and Seeber present both an analysis of the culture of speed in the academy and ways of alleviating stress while improving teaching, research, and collegiality. The Slow Professor will be a must-read for anyone in academia concerned about the frantic pace of contemporary university life.

Please email CETL to register for this group.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

By: Matthew Desmond
Discussion Facilitator: John Pollitz

A community-wide reading initiative aimed at encouraging residents of the Chippewa Valley to turn their attention to a single book on a social justice topic in order to understand how the issue affects our community and, more importantly, to start conversations about how community members can take positive steps toward change. The book we have selected is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, which looks at how eviction and poverty affect the economic and social fabric of a community.

This one-time book discussion will be held from 12-1pm on January 31, 2017, in the CETL conference room. It is scheduled in conjunction with the Eau Claire One Book, One Community event. 

Please email CETL to register for this group.

MSU Discussion

Inclusive Pedagogies

Discussion Facilitator: Jeff Goodman

As a response to the 2015 Campus Climate Survey and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Implementation Plan, the Women's Studies Program would like to host a discussion group on inclusive pedagogies during spring 2017. We will use a series of articles that are available on the Michigan State University Inclusive Teaching website. On the website, there are resources for different disciplines and there is a link for Inclusive Teaching in Gender Studies. We envision participants going to the website and choosing articles to be discussed;probably 2 articles per session. This approach will be valuable to participants as they are able to use this information directly in their classrooms.

Please email CETL to register for this group.