CTE Fall Reading Circles
The CTE Reading Circles are low-stakes, short-term reading groups of 6-12 participants with a faculty facilitator. Circles will focus on a single book (or part of a book) on teaching and meet three times over the fall 2018 semester. Meetings might be on campus or off. CTE will buy the books! All USF faculty members and librarians are eligible to participate. Sign-ups are due September 15th.

Davey Shlasko
Trans Allyship Workbook
Facilitator: Amy Gilgan, Gleeson Library

USF is becoming more diverse with students along the transgender spectrum and faculty members need skills to build inclusive classrooms. This book will provide an introduction to transgender identities, terminology and allyship practices. Possible discussion questions include: What are the needs of transgender students? What are the best practices around gender inclusivity in the classroom? What are the social justice foundations behind those practices? What are the different ways in which we can leverage our positionality to support transgender students? How does gender identity intersect with our other inclusive teaching practices?

Meeting Schedule:
Friday, October 5th 2:30-3:45pm
Friday, October 12th 2:30-3:45pm
Friday, October 19th 2:30-3:45pm

Jason De Leon
The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail
Facilitator: Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, School of Education

This book - an anthropological examination of the human cost of US immigration policy in the Sonoran desert - provides an opportunity for us to explore three things. First, it allows us to talk about the complications in teaching current issues that are difficult to talk about with diverse student populations because they are politically charged. Second, it provides a generative starting poit to talk about how we navigate teaching on topics that are traumatic because they are centrally concerned with racialized violence, death, and suffering which can be difficult for the professor as well as the students. Third, this text opens allows us to open a conversation about how to write in ways that convey the depth of tragic circumstances without falling into the dangers of "trauma porn" or glorifying the suffering of others for one's own academic pursuits. I believe this text provides a generative starting point to grapple with what are some of the hardest dynamics involved in teaching in a social justice-oriented institution in this political moment.

Meeting Schedule:
Tuesday, October 2nd 3:00-4:30pm
Tuesday, November 6th 3:00-4:30pm
Tuesday, December 4th 3:00-4:30pm

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