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Leading a Great Discussion Section

January 23, 2018 Blog

Discussion sections are an important opportunity for students to build on their understanding of course lecture content. How can you lead a great one?

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Imagine Otherwise: Shaka McGlotten on the Erotics of Inquiry

January 10, 2018 Podcast

Professor and artist Shaka McGlotten talks about the erotic relationship we often have to the things that we study as well as how that always necessitates both desire and loss, how students can harness the power of Afrofuturism and speculation to combat white supremacy and climate change, and how queer and trans communities of color can use voguing, drag, and what Shaka calls "Black Data" to imagine and create new worlds.

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Imagine Otherwise: Yaba Blay on Everyday Black Girl Magic

December 13, 2017 Podcast

Cultural producer Yaba Blay talks about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to enact broad social change, the importance of meeting students where they’re at, and how her celebration of everyday #BlackGirlMagic is how she imagines otherwise.

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Elicia Gonzales

Imagine Otherwise: Elicia Gonzales on Reproductive Justice and Latinx Queer Advocacy

November 29, 2017 Podcast

Sex educator and reproductive justice advocate Elicia Gonzales talks about how reproductive justice organizations can better incorporate intersectionality (and why they should), the role of Latinx and other queer of color movements in Philadelphia’s radical history, why pleasure is a right not a privilege, and why she puts listening at the center of how she imagines otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: Aileen Suzara on Filipino Food Activism and Eco-Education

November 1, 2017 Podcast

Chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara discusses her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to community and memory, the important role of Filipino farmers in the sustainability movement, and how Filipino cooks and farmers across the diaspora are creating some tasty ways to imagine otherwise.

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Imagine Otherwise: Lakshmi Ramgopal on Postcolonial Music & the Pull of History

October 18, 2017 Podcast

Musician and scholar Lakshmi Ramgopal discusses her musical journey through Indian classical Carnatic music, electronica, and Riot Grrrl; her research on what colonial subjects under the Roman Empire can teach us about contemporary geopolitics; using tarot to destabilize what we think we know about our lives; and how she curates art exhibits to imagine more just worlds.

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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

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

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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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: Keeping 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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