Teaching during an Election Year: Challenges and Opportunities

Teaching and Learning Institute

Longwood University

May 19, 2016


Registration is OPEN @  http://blogs.longwood.edu/cafeinstitute2016/registration/

Registration will close on Friday, May 13 @ 5:00pm

A presidential election year provides faculty with the opportunity to make politics visible in the classroom and to facilitate meaningful discussions bringing students from consumers of political discourse to participants in the conversation. This opportunity poses unique challenges.  Knowing how to navigate these potentially politically charged spaces requires careful consideration of our roles as citizens and as educators for citizen leadership. Also, we need to design assignments that stimulate critical thinking, speaking, and writing while incorporating content outside of our field of study.  How do we create   integrative learning experiences that challenge students to be active learners and critical citizens?

The Center for Faculty Enrichment (CAFE) and the Committee on General Education invite you to join us for a day of interactive exploration of what it means to teach during an election year.  The Institute will include a keynote address focusing on facilitating difficult dialogues, a short course on Presidential Elections, and a variety of sessions focusing on the institute theme.  The Institute is free for all Longwood faculty and staff, and faculty at other higher education institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Registration is now OPEN at http://blogs.longwood.edu/cafeinstitute2016/registration/ The first 25 people to register will receive a copy of the Longwood’s 2016 First Year Reading Experience book, Tension City by Jim Lehrer.

The Teaching and Learning Institute will be held in Blackwell Hall at Longwood University, host of the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate.

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