Breaking Through: From Resistance to Finding Connection and Agency in the Social Justice Classroom (E/SI)

April 28, 2021 | 2:15 - 3:00

Track: Hacking Education

Our presentation will involve members of the Resist Violence Community of Practice, a pedagogical initiative that integrates critical thinking and creativity, interdisciplinary theory and research with art, storytelling, and activism. The presentation will take the form of a performance art piece, whereby panelists will weave together stories of their own experiences with violence in its multiple forms, insights on the difficulties of creating classrooms where constructive conversations happen, and lessons learned from the theory and history of nonviolent practice. Those who attend this session will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session following the performance and gain some direct experience of the pedagogy and its transformative potential. We will end by briefly examining how this pedagogical development project is transitioning into a college-wide para-academic initiative that seeks to provide students and faculty with a safe space to engage constructively and creatively on divisive social issues.

Session Speakers

Kim Simard

Faculty, Department of Cinema and Communications

Dawson College

Pat Romano

Faculty, Department of Humanities

Dawson College

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