Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Education as the Practice of Freedom – Reading Group Series (Session 1): Liberatory Teaching Methods

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST


January 23
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST


bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Released in 1994, this book has become a seminal work of critical pedagogy theory. A collection of essays covering a wide range of topics, from hooks’s own experiences of schooling to her difficulties finding space for Black feminist literature in the university classroom, to building solidarity in university spaces, Teaching to Transgress remains necessary reading for university educators. Its combination of personal narrative and critical theory demonstrates the importance of combining theory and practice in our own teaching—the importance of drawing from our own schooling experiences to become more equitable, compassionate educators. 
In this three-part, brown bag lunchtime discussion group, facilitators will select passages from the book, closely read and analyze these passages with participants, and pose a series of discussion questions to motivate and moderate conversation. In this first session, we will focus on Liberatory Teaching Methods. Together, we will reflect on how we might draw from personal experiences to combat oppression through our teaching. Participants may sign up for all three sessions, or just one or two. 


Name: Robarts Library Rm 4035 Address: 130 St. George St. Toronto ON M5S 1A5