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The Wabash Center's Dialogue On Teaching
50 minutes | 2 days ago
Episode 135 - Basic Understandings of Trauma: Lisa Cataldo
What is trauma and how does trauma affect body, mind, and spirit? Are there different kinds of trauma? Since classrooms are spaces of human interactions, understanding how fear and woundedness affects the teacher and the learner is critical to effective teaching. What classroom practices might lessen the experience of fear, helplessness, voicelessness, and being overwhelmed?
37 minutes | 7 days ago
Episode 134 - Controversy of Thought: Stephen C. Finley
What does it mean when scholars of religion are forbidden from teaching about racism? Who is harmed and what problems are created when sophisticated and common-sense approaches to race are part of the curricular experience? In what new ways is tenure necessary for scholars who risk teaching critical race theory? Dr. Finley’s work on whiteness is sparking controversy in and beyond his Louisiana State University classroom. As a scholar of religion, what preparation is needed for the moments our work spills-over into the larger society and provokes social discourse with the potential to catalyze social change? Scholar, who told you that you could think freely, think boldly, and think imaginatively? What is it to garner the courage to do the scholarly work our souls must have?
40 minutes | 9 days ago
Episode 133 - Mothering in the Academy: Dangerous, Shameful, and Common Place: Lakisha Lockhart, Sarah Farmer, and Ekaterina Lomperis
The measures of scholarly productivity are often premised upon a life without the distractions of children and family. The challenges of tenure and promotion are amplified for young parents, yet schools seldom support new mothers with policies, procedures, and cultural norms of welcoming and belonging. Too many schools punish, shame, or blame women who choose to parent. This conversation with young theologians raises the problem of living integrated, whole lives as generative women in the academy. What are alternative institutional practices which would affirm, nurture, and strengthen young mothers who are dedicated to scholarship and a life of teaching in the academy? What if the life of the mind included pregnant women, nursing women, and mothers of infants and toddlers?
52 minutes | 14 days ago
Episode 132 - Identity and Belonging: Who are you? Whose are you?: Roger Nam and Leah Payne
A critical challenge during the first years of teaching is defining, forming, and living into a scholarly identity which is healthy, has integrity and is generative for your own scholarly project. This conversation discloses some of the pitfalls and risks when institutions provide little to no mentoring. What does it take to have a common sense and reasonable perspective for being a scholar and for doing scholarship ... over the long haul? What practices might support habits of self-care, creativity, and imagination for sound teaching, scholarship, and service? What is "good" citizenship while on a faculty?
57 minutes | 15 days ago
Episode 131 - Expressions of the Genuine: Amy G. Oden and Shively T.J. Smith
Conversations on Teaching and SpiritualitySeries One: Exploring Thurman's The Sound of the GenuineSeries One: Episode 2 of 3: Expressions of the GenuineWhat if hearing the genuine inside yourself requires a quest, a leaving home, or an exploration of the unfamiliar? If you leave home, can you find a home again? Does the genuine come from within you or does it come through you from somewhere else? What does it mean to offer the genuine as you teach? Dr. Amy G. OdenAdjunct Professor of Early Church History and SpiritualityIndependent ScholarRev. Dr. Shively T. J. SmithAssistant Professor of New TestamentBoston University School of Theology
42 minutes | 16 days ago
Episode 130 - Preparing for the Harm: Sarah Azaransky
What conditions prepare schools and classrooms for racist and other harmful events? What knowledges are needed to create spaces of compassion, confrontation, and moral accountability? What do students know and what do they need to know when issues of injustice, inequity and transformation must be faced?
52 minutes | 23 days ago
Episode 129 - Migration, Spirituality and Teaching: Leopoldo A. Sánchez
Schools have a lack of preparedness for students and colleagues who are recent immigrants. What theologies inform the practices, policies and procedures of educational institutions concerning support for recent immigrants? What kinds of advocacies are needed in learning communities? When is the stranger not to be considered strange and why is that so important?
35 minutes | a month ago
Episode 128 - Fostering Climates of Care: Lisa Cataldo
How are you? The response to this question can be weighty during the COVID 19 pandemic. What we teach can be disturbing. What adjustments in our syllabi and teaching practices might aid in care? What could go wrong while attending to the needs of students? Why are classrooms never to be spaces of therapy?
62 minutes | a month ago
Episode 127 - Exploring Early Career Issues: Roger Nam and Leah Payne
Seasons of a Teaching CareerSeries One is entitled Exploring Early Career Issues. The featured speakers of this video series are Leah Payne (Portland Seminary, George Fox University), Roger Nam (Candler School of Theology, Emory University) and Nancy Lynne Westfield (The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion).Common sense conversations meant to provide perspective, inspire, and encourage colleagues who are new to the academic enterprise. The discussions are frank, heartfelt and oftentimes personally reflective about the challenges, obstacles, pitfalls and joys of a life of teaching while early in the career.
41 minutes | a month ago
Episode 126 - Perils of Teaching Race & Religion: Stephen C. Finley
What is at risk for those teachers who teach about the connection between religion, the siege on the Capital Building and racial progress? What kinds of evaluations are levied against the professor whose work is noticed for its impact upon the public? What happens when administrators do not know how to respond to assaults on faculty whose work is contested by those beyond the school? What is the toll of societally transformative teaching upon the faculty person?
35 minutes | a month ago
Episode 125 - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Tyler Schwaller
When the student body becomes majority people of color - what is the response? Who are the leaders capable of grappling with intersectionality? What is public accountability?, who wins?, and what is lost?
36 minutes | a month ago
Episode 124 - Teacher as Seismograph: Sarah Azaransky
All of us are experiencing the pandemics differently; the shifting and changing varies. Yet, gaging the classroom and the learning by our students is integral. The losses, responses, and disruptions of COVID 19 has dulled skills and left many teachers feeling as if we are simply muddling through. What does it mean to learn to recalibrate? How do we respond when there is no one right way? Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Sarah Azaransky (Union Theological Seminary).
42 minutes | a month ago
Episode 123 - Redesign Starts with the Classroom: Ben Sanders, III
Teaching as a focus of institutional change might be a lynchpin in creating sustainable schools. What if we free faculty to teach, then redesign institutional shifts around their teaching? What would it mean to collaborate beyond the seminary walls and into the neighborhoods? What would it take to suspend judgement of institutional mistakes long enough to experiment for change? Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Ben Sanders, III (Eden Theological Seminary).
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 122 - The Trouble with Trauma Pedagogies: Lisa Cataldo
Informed definitions of trauma are needed. Classrooms are never spaces for therapy. Ways of developing trauma awareness, self-care strategies and referrals. Creating spaces of respect, regard and care are needed for faculty, administration, and students. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Lisa Cataldo (Fordham University).
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 121 - Recognizing the Sound of the Genuine: Amy G Oden and Shively T.J. Smith
Welcome to Conversations on Teaching and Spirituality. Series One is entitled Exploring Thurman’s “The Sound of the Genuine”.The featured speakers of this video series are Dr. Nancy Westfield, Dr. Amy G. Oden and Dr. Shively T.J. Smith.Using Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman’s baccalaureate address at Spelman College (May 4, 1980), entitled “The Sound of the Genuine,” these colleagues discuss the challenges of teachers attempting to bring their whole-selves to teaching. Each episode includes a spiritual practice, as well as excerpts from Thurman’s article.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 120 - Curiosity - Theirs and Mine: Randall Balmer
Learning about teaching during the Covid lockdown. Combating transactional teaching. Approaching scholarship for and with the public. Creativity required for the larger questions and teaching. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Randall Balmer (Dartmouth College).
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 119 - Challenges of the Young: Sarah Farmer
What meanings do youth place upon these pandemics? What are the fears of young scholars challenged to work from home? What strategies have scholar-parents devised to teach from home? How has this moment of pandemics heightened the fear of early career faculty concerning issues of presumed incompetence? Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Sarah Farmer (Indiana Wesleyan University).
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 118 - Stop the Gotcha!: Roger Nam
Revamp the syllabus so assessment is fair, generative, and manageable. Thriving as an early career faculty might mean new and different kinds of assignments and assessment. Get rid of assignments that overwhelm and cause suffering. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Roger Nam (Candler School of Theology - Emory University).
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 117 - Forced to Online Teaching: Arthur E. Farnsley II
Shifting from face-to face to online took many professors by surprise in March of 2020. Now, one year later, this conversation is an insightful reflection about having grappled with the fear and the hard challenges of having rethought the syllabus. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Arthur E. Farnsley, II (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis - IUPUI).
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 116 - Body, Flesh, Blood & Other Tools of Racist Imagination: Melanie Harris & Jennifer Harvey
This podcast episode is taken from a recording of a webinar. Body indicators such as nose, hair, and flesh tones are relied upon for the perpetuation of prejudice, bias, and presumed privilege. What would it mean to unlearn, then relearn more liberative ways of reading the body? Can the truncated imagination which only sees value in the white body be rekindled to see worth in all bodies? The featured speakers for this event are Dr. Melanie Harris (Texas Christian University) and Dr. Jennifer Harvey (Drake University).
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