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Teaching Conversations: Why I Teach...

We engage with the core texts of the humanistic tradition for many reasons. This ongoing series of teaching conversations for teaching assistants, faculty, and staff seeks to gather our community around the joy of teaching and living along with these core texts. Talks will approach their chosen text from a range of perspectives, including effective and engaging ways to present the text, reflections on the value of including the text in the course, and how to make connections between the text and student writing.

We hope that this teaching conversation series is an opportunity to experience what our students are learning in the Humanities and how we engage students in the classroom. We hope that, through your participation in the conversations, you will be better equipped to help students navigate the Humanities sequence.

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2023-24 Schedule

Winter Quarter
Week Date Presenter Topic
2 January 17 Denise Demetriou Why I Teach Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad
5 February 7 Tatiana Zavodny Why I Teach Moderata Fonte's The Merits of Women
8 February 28 Todd Kontje Why I Teach Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe