Conversations on Critical Ethical Issues on Campus and in the Classroom

Conversations on Critical Ethical Issues on Campus and in the Classroom: A discussion on teaching and learning using ethical issues as tools for engagement

Conversations on Critical Ethical Issues on Campus and in the Classroom:
A discussion on teaching and learning using ethical issues as tools for engagement

February 17, 2016
12:30-2:00pm
Student Center Room 419

Lunch will be served.
RSVP: https://msusurveys.montclair.edu/index.php/876129/lang-en

Event description: Multiple incidents around the nation on college campuses – Yale, Mizzou, Wheaton, Oberlin - in their dorms, at their fraternity and sorority parties, and in their classrooms, give rise to the need to get in front of difficult and sensitive ethical issues by opening dialogue and having conversations about how best our campus community –our faculty, our staff, our students, and our administrators - can mediate these as conversations in academic settings (the classroom) and in public. Today in the United States, campuses around the country are struggling with critical ethical issues including racial/ethnic biases, gender inequalities and violence, and religious persecution. These issues are indicative of larger national issues, including religious violence against Muslim persons, racial violence due to fear-speech and political one-upmanship, and college sexual assault and discrimination. How do we address these issues pedagogically for deeper and more engaged learning of our students?

This panel seeks to explore ways that faculty and staff can lead conversations in their classrooms and around campus concerning critical ethical issues ongoing in our nation. Oftentimes these conversations can be awkward, or uncomfortable, or may veer off into unintended areas. Our goal is to assist faculty and staff with sensitively identifying issues critical to students and to our campus community and mediating these conversations as a way to address tensions in our country and as they may arise on campus.  

We consider these issues relevant, topical, and rich grounds for integrating ethical issues as vehicles for meeting curricular learning goals. What lessons can we learn from movements like #blacklivesmatter or #blackoncampus, or #marriageequality? How about #IStandwithAhmed or #RefugeesWelcome? In the upcoming presidential campaign year, can using ethical issues to teach core topics across the disciplines lead to deeper learning and more engaged students? 

This event is free and open to the whole campus. While the conversations will be geared towards faculty interested in teaching using modern and relevant ethical issues, students who are interested in the pedagogical implications of using ethical issues as teaching tools, or with leading conversations on ethical issues in your classroom, are encouraged to attend!

A follow-up conversation with students is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1 from 12:00PM to 1:30PM in Student Center 419. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP at: https://msusurveys.montclair.edu/index.php/876129/lang-en

  Moderated by Dr. Dorothy Rogers, Chairperson, Department of Religion
Supported by
The Office of Equity & Diversity
The Research Academy for University Learning
Faculty and Staff representing the Office of the Dean of Students, Faith & Spirituality,
Gender, Sexuality & Women Studies, and multiple disciplines across campus.