Who's Afraid of Theory? Helping Students Access Difficult Texts

Dr. Melanie Adley, Associate Director, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

Wednesday, February 12 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Convener: Sarah Nicolazzo, CTL Graduate Fellow, Comparative Literature

Location: English Department Grad Lounge (330 Fisher-Bennett Hall)

Summary: Join us for a workshop with Melanie Adley, Associate Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, as she discusses her strategies for helping students access difficult theoretical material in the introductory classroom. We will discuss how to prioritize basic concepts for teaching without letting go of nuance and complexity, how to teach difficult texts in mixed-level classrooms, and how to encourage discussion and engagement, even in large classes. While Melanie will be speaking specifically about her experience teaching theory in her introductory course Gender and Society, we will also discuss the ways that these strategies can help us teach difficult literary texts at the introductory level as well.
All graduate students are welcome. This event grows out of concerns in the Comparative Literature program and so may be most useful to students in related fields.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.