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Faculty Development Day:

Social and Political Issues in the Classroom

Open to all BMCC Faculty and Staff

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Fiterman Hall, 13th floor conference room

10:30 a.m. Welcome: Karrin Wilks and Jim Berg
10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

A DACA related ACR Assignment
Ewa Barnes, Lecturer, Academic Literacy and Linguistics
“I would like to share an assignment I recently created for my Academic Critical Reading course in response to President Trump’s announcement about ending DACA.”

Holding Space in the Classroom
Shirley Leyro, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Soniya Munshi, Assistant Professor, Sociology
“Our presentation will address ways that faculty members can address the everyday intersectional challenges our students face, specifically related to immigration and racial/religious profiling.”

Checking my Privilege
Jaime Chris Weida, Assistant Professor, English Department
“I maintain that it IS fruitful to include some discussion of politics and current events in the classroom. I will discuss specific best practices for doing so. As a white person, I will focus on the challenges of recognizing and unpacking my white privilege in the classroom.”

11:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Fostering a Global Mind in the ESL Classroom
Deniz Gokcora, Assistant Professor, ESL, Academic Literacy and Linguistics
“In this session, classroom practice activities designed for an intensive advanced ESL class are demonstrated, cultivating global competencies, especially components of cultural understanding, integrated reasoning, and global citizenship.”

Whose Past is It?
Nicole Lopez-Jantzen, Assistant Professor, History
“The Roman empire encompassed the Middle East and North Africa. Why do most people think still think of Romans as white men, and who does the past belong to?”

12:10 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Listening is Fundamental
Jacquelynne J Modeste, Center for Ethnic Studies
“Listening slows the frantic pace of a world gone awry. Information technology and social media are anxiety-ridden spaces where speed almost always defies accuracy as fact gives way to popular fictions. Fiction, however, will save us.”

Using Public Speaking as a Platform for Social Justice
Karl Williams, Theatre Program Coordinator, Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts
Daphnie Sicre, Assistant Professor, Speech Communications and Theatre Arts
“We have seen how cultivating and creating a safe space can foster an environment where positive dialogue prevails despite the turbulent times.”

1:15 p.m. Closing: Lisa Grace

Faculty Development Committee

Sharon Brickman, Rachel Corkle, Evelin Gamarra-Martinez, Deborah Gambs, Lisa Grace (Chair), Ainoa Inigo, Orlando Justo, Geoff Klock (Secretary), Cara Kronen (Executive Committee Liaison), Marci Littlefield, Barry McKernan, Manita Pavel, Thaddeus Radell, Nicholas Smith, Hao Tang, Kibrewossen Tesfagiorgis, Shalva Tsiklavri