Faculty Center for Teaching
Examining Trigger Warnings
facilitated by Jim Peck and Kate Richmond
DATE: Thursday, October 8th, 2015
TIME: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
PLACE: Seegers Union
Over the last several months, in both
scholarly and popular articles, significant attention has been devoted to the
issue of “trigger warnings” in higher education. For faculty who teach courses that include
disturbing, controversial or graphic content, “trigger warnings” (or disclosures
that upcoming course content may cause distress) spark debates about perceived
changes in the nature of teaching, of students, and of the professoriate.
We are including three short readings to inform our discussion.
Some questions we might consider include:
· On what grounds do these authors argue for or against the use of trigger warnings?
· What assumptions about the nature of teaching and learning inform their arguments?
· What do the authors believe to be at stake in the decision whether and how to use trigger warnings? What are their priorities?
· What assumptions about social power undergird their arguments, both explicitly and implicitly?
· How do they represent and consider the role of affect in the classroom?
· What important perspectives on the topic are not raised in the context of these three short readings?
· Does the inclusion of trigger warnings in syllabi or course curricula require a case-by-case analysis? If so, how would you make decisions about whether and how to include them?
We don’t intend to limit our conversation to these articles, but hope that starting with some shared readings will lead to a lively and productive discussion.
Refreshments will be served.
Open House + Wine + Cheese
DATE: Wednesday, September 16, 2015
TIME: 4:30 PM -6:00 PM
PLACE: Hoffman House
While we intend this wine & cheese event to be a casual get together for faculty, we will be asking for your suggestions regarding future directions and programming that FCT might pursue. There will be delineated stations for you to stop by as you mingle that provide opportunities for you to offer the FCT Board your thoughts, wish-lists, and recommendations regarding the future work of the FCT. We know this information will be invaluable as FCT works to meet a diverse range of needs of individual faculty members, groups of faculty members who work in collaboration, and the institution.
Shortly after the event, we will provide the faculty with a detailed summary report of the input received. We intend to offer as many opportunities for faculty conversation and development as is feasible based, in part, on the comments we receive.
Please feel free to come and go as your schedule permits.