Beloved Community and Social Justice in the College Classroom

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Workshop led by LeeRay Costa, Director of Faculty Development and Professor, Anthropology and Gender & Women's Studies, Hollins University. 

LeeRay will also be giving a talk earlier in the day, A Contemplative Feminist Approach to Teaching about Race and Whiteness

Workshop Description

In this workshop we will explore the college classroom as a space for cultivating beloved community as a foundation for teaching about social justice. Drawing on contemplative feminist theory and practice including the work of bell hooks, AnaLouise Keating, and Becky Thompson, we will consider several methods for creating learning spaces characterized by courage, trust, generosity, and tenderness that can hold both the difficult dialogues and discomfort that inevitably arise when teaching and learning about inequality, oppression, and violence. This workshop will be interactive and includes some homework/self-reflection prior to our meeting.

Costa's research, teaching, and community activism focus on social justice and a desire to understand processes of social change. Trained as a feminist cultural anthropologist, she has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Thailand on women’s activism and non-governmental organizations, and on transgender youth (Male Bodies, Women’s Souls, co-authored with Andrew Matzner), and in Hawai`i on the local food movement. Her research and teaching have been supported by grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Mellon, Teagle, and Luce Foundations, and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.


Contact Claire Reeger for event-related questions:

1572629400 to 1572634800
Center for Teaching Excellence, Hotel D, 24 East Range
Co-sponsored by the Contemplative Sciences Center & Center for Teaching Excellence

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