Jill F Strauss
Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts
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Jill Strauss, PhD, teaches Conflict Resolution and Communications in the Speech, Communications and Theater Arts Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). Her research involves Restorative Practices and the visual interpretation of narrative and difficult histories. She completed her PhD at Ulster University in Northern Ireland in 2010, where she designed an innovative fieldwork project integrating storytelling and visual art for empathy and validation as one way to address a history of mutual humiliation and historical conflict. Jill is co-editor of Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation (Rutgers University Press 2019) along with other articles and book chapters.
Peace Education and Conflict Resolution
Ulster University, Northern Ireland
Dissertation title – “Communities of Interest: A Cross Community Intergenerational Storytelling, Conflict Resolution, and Visual Art Project with Exhibition”
Teachers College Columbia University
Department of International and Transcultural Studies
Specialization in Peace Education and Conflict Resolution
Thesis title- Peace Education Curriculum in Response to September 11, 2001
Hunter College, City University of New York
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Purchase College, State University of New York
- The emphasis of this course is on developing communication behaviors that productively manage conflict; it is structured to integrate communication theory with practical application. Through readings, lectures, sample conflict cases, and interviews, as well as through in-class discussion and exercises,this course will address both intra-personaland inter-personal conflicts that occur indiverse settings, examine the sources of these conflicts, and analyze the factors that influence how we identify, define, manage, and defuse these conflicts. Prerequisite: SPE 100 or SPE 102
- This course is designed to provide an understanding of intercultural principles and perspectives when communicating with people from diverse cultures. Consideration will be given to both verbal and nonverbal communication processes in the "American" culture, co-cultures, contact cultures, and popular culture. Through readings, lectures, response papers, and interviews, as well as through in-class discussion and exercises, this course will explore how culture shapes communication, how situations are framed through cultural lenses, and how histories, perceptions, values, contexts, aspects of stereotypes, and ethnocentrism all contribute to the complexity of intercultural communication. Prerequisite: SPE 100 or SPE 102
- This course is recommended for those whose native language is not English. It addresses fundamentals of speech communication, as does SPE 100, but provides special emphasis in vocabulary building, pronunciation, and enunciation. Classwork is implemented through the use of recordings, individual and group drills, interpersonal exercises, oral readings, and impromptu and prepared group discussions and speeches. Weekly speech tutoring is required. This course satisfies the equivalent for, and may be taken instead of, SPE 100. Credit is given for SPE 102 or SPE 100, but not for both classes.
Research and Projects
- Strauss, J. (In Press). Shared Legacies: Narratives of Race and Reconciliation by Descendants of Enslavers and the Enslaved. In Ted Lewis & Carl Stauffer (Eds.), Listening to the Movement: Essays on New Growth in Restorative Justice , Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf & Stock Publishers
- Atkinson-Phillips, A., Capdepon, U., Strauss, J., & Lopez Badell, O. (March 2019/February 2020). Mapping Historical Dialogue: Remembering for the Future. Kritika Kultura. No. 32/33
- Ford, D. & Strauss, J., (Eds.). (2019). Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation’Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation. Rutgers University Press.
- Strauss, J. & Black, M. (2017). We Say, ‘When We’ve Reached One We’ve Reached the World… But What If We Missed One?’ In Factis Pax Special Issue on Peace Building in Post-Conflict Contexts. Volume 11 (2). 121-132. ,
Honors, Awards and Affiliations
- 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Museums: Humanities in the Public Sphere
- 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, Visual Culture of the American Civil War and Its Aftermath
- 2012-2013 Fulbright Research Chair in North American Society and Culture at Concordia University, Montreal.