Organized by the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs | Dudley H. Davis Center

Professional Development Series

Open to UVM Faculty, Staff and Administrators Only

Thursday, April 3, 2014 Livak Ballroom, Davis Center

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Provincializing Science: Putting Race, Caste, and Whiteness under the Microscope

In this talk, I question how the sociological truism, "race is a social construct", is challenged by recent advances in the life sciences. Far from diminishing the significance of race or eliminating the salience of nationalism, as proponents of genomic science had initially forecast after the completion of the Human Genome Project, genomic science draws upon and reinvigorates racial and nationalist understandings of human difference in often-unexpected ways. I describe how the invention of biopolitical entities such as "African DNA", "Mexican DNA", and "Indian DNA" are connected to the pharmaceutical drug marketing, and discuss how the life sciences reflect and resuscitate political struggles around national development and social equity. Ultimately, I encourage humanists and social scientists to engage directly with these developments instead of casting them to the side with a constructivist wave of the hand.

Presenter: Ruha Benjamin

To register, please e-mail (subject line: Attention Louise Leu) with your name, department, e-mail address, contact phone number. There is no charge for this event.

Sponsored by Center for Cultural Pluralism

Friday, April 4, 2014 Bailey Howe room 303

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Bridging the Gaps: Creating More Inclusive Teaching Environments - Part 1

This workshop will cover techniques and strategies on how to create more inclusive physical and virtual teaching environments.

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Bridging the Gaps: Creating More Inclusive Teaching Environments - Part 2

This workshop (Part II) will focus on development of curricula for face-to-face and online courses using UDL principles to make learning accessible for ALL students.

Part 1 - Henrietta "Henrie" Paz-Amor and Holly Buckland Parker
Part 2 - Holly Buckland Parker and Susanmarie Harrington

Register: To register please click on the following links.
Bridging the Gaps: Creating More Inclusive Teaching Environments - Part 1

Bridging the Gaps: Creating More Inclusive Teaching Environments - Part 2

Sponsored by Center for Teaching & Learning

Thursday, April 8, 2014 Fulwiler Room, 302 Bailey/Howe Library

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Multilingual Writers, Multiliterate Lives

This session brings together professors from various disciplines who work in multiple languages. Panelists will share stories of the ways they use multiple languages at home and in their professional lives, emphasizing what experiences encouraged their language development, what roadblocks they have faced in becoming multi-lingual, and what their multi-lingual abilities add to their scholarly and professional lives. The ensuing discussion will help us all understand how advanced literacy in multiple languages is achieved. Participants will develop a more rich understanding of what multi-literate and multi-lingual experiences mean both in and out of the classroom. By listening to panelists who have achieved high levels of success in multiple languages, we can explore what it takes to achieve academic literacy.

This event is being offered in connection with Blackboard Jungle.

Panelists: John Jing-hau Yin, Jonah Steinberg, and Jim Vigoreaux.

Faciliator: Susanmarie Harrington

To register, please e-mail or visit the CTL calendar

Sponsored by Center for Teaching and Learning

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