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Imagine Otherwise: Yolanda Wisher on Poetry as a Community Engagement Practice

September 20, 2017 Podcast

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher discusses how poetry can be a community engagement practice; blending academic, artistic, and activist experiences in one's everyday work; and how building a world where everyone is able to find and utilize their gifts is key to her way of imagining otherwise.

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Teaching with Podcasts

Teaching with Podcasts

September 19, 2017 Blog

Podcasts can help your students engage with course themes in new and more complex ways. Here are some ways you can integrate podcasts into your classroom as both scholarship and production assignments, as well as tips on how to ensure a great learning experience for everyone.

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Breaking the Ice with Your Students

August 29, 2017 Blog

What to do on the first day of class to ensure a great semester? Here are some tips for how to get students engaged and comfortable from the first day.

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IoF Team Favorites: Films to Teach

August 1, 2017 Blog

A great film can spark discussion and animate your classroom. Whether you're teaching a course in ethnic studies or queer theory, giving your students the opportunity to engage with an audiovisual text can shift their thinking, and push your pedagogy in new directions. Here are our favorite films to teach.

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Imagine Otherwise: Heath Fogg Davis on Transgender Discrimination & Professors as Consultants

July 26, 2017 Podcast

Heath Fogg Davis shares why almost all sex classification is unnecessary, in everything from bathrooms and IDs to sports and education; how Philadelphia is tackling racism and queer and trans justice; how scholars can harness their expertise in community consulting projects; and why large-scale structural change is necessary.

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Weekend Reading: Going Deep

July 13, 2017 Blog

Academic life and the careers you can develop with a PhD are anything but one-size-fits-all. Unexpected relationships and unforeseen challenges regularly emerge, and sometimes to thrive, you need to look beneath the surface.

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Weekend Reading: Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries

July 6, 2017 Blog

Our readings this weekend urge us to consider, challenge, and resist the boundaries set by academia. They push us to recognize that setting boundaries as an act of resistance, and remind us that even the most revered boundary in academia—tenure—is not always what we imagine it to be.

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Weekend Reading: Mental Health in Academia

June 29, 2017 Blog

Academic life requires a considerable amount of emotional and psychological labor, but the academic conversation on mental health lags woefully behind. From mentorship to teaching to managing burnout, our readings this weekend address the mental health crisis in academia.

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Weekend Reading: Making Relationships Matter

June 22, 2017 Blog

A lot of academic life is focused on individual achievement. Consequently, a lot of advice for excelling in higher ed is grounded in knowing yourself—and how you work—better. What would academia look like if it focused on and valued relationships as much as individuals?

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Writing Syllabi That Work

Writing Syllabi That Work

June 21, 2017 Blog

What goes into a good syllabus? Is writing a syllabus for a class you’re teaching different from writing a syllabus for a job application? What’s the balance between two much or too little information? And how can your syllabi help you build a multifaceted career both within and beyond academia?

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Summer Teaching

Teaching During the Summer: Challenges & Opportunities

June 6, 2017 Blog

Teaching over the summer is a unique experience, even for veteran instructors. Things move fast, there is less institutional support, and what worked during other semesters might not resonate in a summer course. Here are our best strategies for a creating a positive, productive educational experience as the weather warms.

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Weekend Reading: The Importance of Reflection

June 1, 2017 Blog

The most difficult part of academic life is pulling back and reflecting on the "why" of it all. Why are we working so frantically, and within systems that often erase and dehumanize people of color, queer people, women, and those of us with disabilities? Whose expectations are our efforts serving?

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IoF Team Favorites: Staying Motivated Over the Summer

May 30, 2017 Blog

Summer means time off, sunny skies, and visiting friends and loved ones. But summer can also be a time to get long-term research projects off the ground, hone teaching skills, or broach new creative and professional endeavors. Here are our strategies for staying motivated while also enjoying some self-care.

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Imagine Otherwise: Surbhi Malik on Diasporic Radio & Mentoring Students’ Whole Selves

May 24, 2017 Podcast

Surbhi Malik talks about migrants’ complex place-making practices, mentoring students’ whole selves, how she went from hosting an American music radio show in India to hosting an Indian music radio show in the US, and how public projects like radio taught her how to identify and resist colonial legacies.

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Imagine Otherwise: Emily Hue on Burmese Performance Art & the Importance of Public Scholarship

May 17, 2017 Podcast

Emily Hue explains how Burmese performance artists navigate the asylum/refugee process, why academics should explore outlets beyond the academic monograph, what luxury hair markets and oil spill cleanup have to do with one another, and her contribution to this podcast’s giant wish list for imagining and creating better worlds.

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Imagine Otherwise: Leah Milne on Radical Empathy, the “Good Trouble” of Racial Justice, & Her Pedagogy of Discomfort

May 10, 2017 Podcast

Leah Milne considers how metafictional narratives by authors of color can provide a pedagogy of discomfort, how comics and graphic novels can spur the "good trouble" of social justice activism, and how she uses the classroom to teach radical empathy.

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Imagine Otherwise: Tara Fickle on Tarot in the Classroom & the Racial Politics of Games

May 3, 2017 Podcast

Tara Fickle explains why games and literature help us understand racial formation, how she built a video game about WWII Japanese-American internment, how emerging scholars can gain technological skills to create public, multimedia work, and how tarot and comics can get students to imagine different worlds.

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Managing Grading Without Getting Overwhelmed

May 2, 2017 Blog

Grading is one of the most challenging, thankless, and important parts of teaching. If the prospect of wading through a pile of papers exams feels more than a little daunting, we’ve got some helpful suggestions for staying on top of grading without getting overwhelmed.

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IoF Team Favorites: Most Inspiring Class

April 25, 2017 Blog

Feminist theory, Toni Morrison, utopias/dystopias, and more: The Ideas on Fire team shares the classes that have most inspired us. These are the courses that opened our eyes to something we'd never seen before or defined our trajectory in new ways. You never know when (or where) inspiration might strike...

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Public Speaking for Non-Performers

April 24, 2017 Blog

Sharing your work in diverse public venues is a key part of being an engaged, relevant scholar today. Come learn strategies for rocking your teaching, conference, and public presentations from someone who has put his performance background to work in academia: Terry K. Park.

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