Monday, January 15, 2001
All workshops will be held in Pettengill Hall with classroom locations
to be announced.
I. Concurrent Workshops 23 p.m. Session One
Stacey Smith, assistant professor of education, and Eduardo Mauel
Duarte, Hofstra University
Democracy, Difference and Civil Provocation: Learning Through Discomforting
Thirty years after the height of the Civil Rights movement, we
continue to face the challenges of building multicultural and democratic
college campuses. Based loosely on our recently published volume, Foundational
Perspectives in Multicultural Education, this session will investigate
the sorts of tensions that complicate projects of building campus communities
that are at once multicultural and democratic. Participants will explore
the roles played by "discomfort" and "civil provocation" in our classrooms
and other "public" spaces. We will discuss participants' experiences with
"discomforting dialogues" and whether such exchanges are harmful or useful
in terms of democratic ideals. We will also unpack the notion of "civil
provocation" and discuss whether this concept is appropriate in the context
of classroom settings. This session aims to be dynamic and interactive,
combining personal experience with pedagogical, political, and philosophical
Lillian Guerra, assistant professor of history
Sweatshop Labor and Bates Purchases
Bonnie Shulman, associate professor of mathematics
What's Math Got to Do With It?
Is "multicultural mathematics" an oxymoron? Most of us think of
mathematics as the one subject that is context-free a static, neutral
and determined body of knowledge. But mathematics has its roots in every
culture. In this workshop, we will discuss some mathematical contributions
from other cultures and other times than our own. Some questions we will
consider (bring more of your own): What are the origins of mathematical
knowledge? How can we reconceptualize mathematics to incorporate non-Eurocentric
views and include the historiography of how and why the Eurocentric view
became "standard"? What are the effects of culture, language and ideology
on the mathematics people develop? What is the relationship between mathematics
knowledge and power? What is emancipatory mathematics knowledge?
Ethnomathematics, a term introduced in 1985 by Ubiratan D'Ambrosio, a
Brazilian mathematician and historian of science, offers a broader view
of mathematics. Ethnomathematics describes the study of "mathematical
techniques developed in different cultural groups for the purpose of explaining,
understanding, and coping with reality."
Atlanta Interdenominational Theological Center
The Rev. Randall C. Bailey, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Hebrew Scripture
The Bible and Reconciliation: Help or Hindrance?
Throughout the history of the Civil Rights Movement, biblical
texts and imagery have been used as resources for addressing social conflict.
Yet the Bible, with its tendency to create and to demonize "the Other,"
may not be a helpful guide for dealing with such conflict. Though The
Bible certainly contains the "love your neighbor/enemy" ethic, the ethos
of "the Other" also seems to predominate the text. This discussion centers
on whether we may have to go against or beyond foundational Biblical documents
in addressing intergroup conflict.
II. Concurrent Workshops 3:104:10 p.m. Session Two
Office of Affirmative Action
Joanna Lee, director of affirmative action
Review of A History Short Term Experience: The Geography of the
Civil Rights Movement
Students from the Geography of the Civil Rights Movement Short
Term 1999 course will share their immersion experience with geographic
trajectory that mirrored the lifelong odyssey of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Through stories, scrapbooks, slides and discussion, the students
will move you from their arrival in Atlanta, Ga., on to Montgomery and
Selma, Ala., to several sites in Mississippiā and finally into Memphis,
Tenn. They will speak of their learning experiences and, for some, their
life altering changes as they visited historic sites and talked with people
who were part of the Movement campaigns for Civil Rights and Voting Rights.
Kate Adams, assistant professor of English, and Wendy Wagner, assistant
professor of English
The Politics of Reading: The Impact of King's Legacy on the Literary
What do we read in college English courses? Who decides? And why
does it matter? This workshop will examine the English curriculum and
the role of students in shaping it from the transformations generated
by civil rights activism, to the conservative backlash known as the 1980's
"culture wars," to the contemporary specter of "PC" pedagogy. This interactive
workshop will provide an opportunity for students and faculty to discuss
the history and present condition of the English curriculum, particularly
as it affects us here at Bates.
Loring Danforth, professor of anthropology
Who Can Be a Pequot? The Foxwoods Casino and the Construction
of Native American Identity
We will listen to an audio recording of an interview with Jeff
Benedict, the author of the controversial book "Without Reservation: The
Making of America's Most Powerful Indian Tribe and Foxwoods, the World's
Largest Casino." Then we will discuss some of the important issues raised
by the book. What is ethnicity? How are ethnic identities constructed?
Who decides whether someone is black or white or Native American? Can
someone who was white become a Native American? Come help us argue with
Jeff Benedict's point of view.
members of the department
Deconstructing and Transcending Stereotypes in Today's Schools
Through role playing, movie clips, and group discussions, we will
examine preconceptions in schools as well as the teacher's role in the
transformative process of understanding stereotypes.