Dr. Philip S.S. Howard of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education will be this year's keynote speaker for Western University's Perspectives on Teaching, Spring Conference. This free virtual conference will "focus on looking back, moving forward, and lessons learned from a year of change and disruption in higher education", according to conference organizers.
Dr. Howard's presentation is "More Than a Diverse Reading List: Challenging an Antiblack Pedagogy"; a timely topic as we look back on the events of the year. When we think about challenging antiblack pedagogies, it is easy to limit our thinking to a quest for toolkits of ready-to-implement strategies. Such an approach does not take seriously the ways in which antiblackness is endemic to our institutions, the default logics that frame our work, and how these foreclose on the pedagogies we seek. The session will explore some of the ways in which antiblackness structures the university context, and foster a conversation about the commitments it might take to create the conditions of possibility for Black life and Black thought to flourish with/in/out our classrooms and institutions.
Although the conference in its entirety is reserved for students and faculty members of Western University, Dr. Howard's keynote on May 12 at 11: 00 am EDT is open to all.