March 19, 2018

10:00AM - 11:30AM
Van Pelt Library
Class of 55
3420 Walnut Street
  • David Eng

    Richard L. Fisher Professor of English and Asian American Studies
  • Sebastian Gil-Riano

    Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science
  • Susan Lindee

    Professor and Chair of History and Sociology of Science
  • Quayshawn Spencer

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Teaching Race: A Roundtable

From March 18-22, 2018, Penn Faculty will convene a Teach-In on "the production, dissemination, and use of knowledge." Events will be free and open to the public at locations all around campus. This is Penn's first Teach-In since March 1969.

The popular media sometimes portray American universities as places where discussion of racial matters is conducted along narrow, politically correct lines of thinking. The reality is of course quite different. Current research on race is varied and complex, as are the styles and practices of teaching in today's humanities and humanistic social sciences. The faculty on this panel are doing leading-edge research on the cultural, philosophical, historical, and political dimensions of race and racial science, and teaching their research to undergraduates across the spectrum of humanities and science majors. How do they communicate the complexities of their research to a diverse constituency of college students, many of whom may find the very topic of race difficult to discuss?

The first part of the panel will consist of brief introductory remarks. Each professor will speak for five or six minutes about some aspect of their research and writing on race, and describe how they have attempted to incorporate it into their teaching. The second part of the panel will be a moderated roundtable in which the faculty respond to each other's remarks and field questions from the audience. As a highly fraught and divisive topic in our society, race presents special challenges to educators. This panel will highlight the rigor, creativity, and passion with which Penn's faculty are meeting that challenge.

Jim English, John Welsh Centennial Professor of English and Director, Wolf Humanities Center

David Eng, Richard L. Fisher Professor of English and Asian American Studies
Sebastián Gil-Riaño, Assistant Professor, History and Sociology of Science
Susan Lindee, Professor and Chair, History and Sociology of Science
Quayshawn Spencer, Assistant Professor, Philosophy

For more information, and a complete listing of all of the Teach-In events, please click HERE.