IA TLC – March 13, 2019

Imagining America Teaching + Learning Circle (IA TLC) Webinar Series


Imagining America (IA) invites community cultural producers, faculty, and graduate student instructors from across the national IA network to join our inaugural online Teaching and Learning Circle (TLC) webinar.

IA TLC is an online learning community that builds peer support and conversations about the opportunities, joys, and challenges of designing and delivering community engaged courses and projects.

Organized and facilitated on a quarterly basis by IA staff and featured IA members, each online conversation will engage participants in dialogue and group work around a set of questions and dynamics that emerge from the featured course or project.

Through peer mentorship, support, and critical dialogue participants will provide feedback to the guest facilitators and will have opportunities to share examples from their own community engaged teaching and learning. Participants in each IA TLC conversation will also be invited to share syllabi and resources with one another, creating an online repository of creative and community engaged course and project models.



Writing About Teaching: Towards a Pedagogy and Praxis of Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist, and Anti-Patriarchal Resistance

March 13th, 2019
10am PST / 1pm EST

In this session, participants will reflect on their teaching practice and its relationship to the interconnected violence of colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy within affiliated institutions and communities. We will engage with excerpts on violence and pedagogy from the writings of Paulo Freire, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Eve Tuck, and others to discuss teaching both as a practice of co-liberation from and as a lived resistance to the violence of racism, casteism, classism, ableism, and heteronormativity across spaces. We will spend time annotating and discussing the selected texts to guide our individual writings about teaching. We will draft brief position statements where we unpack our institutional biographies; make visible what is at stake for our praxis and pedagogy; and re-approach the question of violence from corresponding vantage points. The participants, we expect, will address their position statements to one of the following audiences of individual selection: academic administrators, faculty peers, students, and folx “not in the room,” including, but not limited to, off-campus partners, non-traditional learning communities, and life-affirming kinships.

We will conclude this session by producing a co-owned document, centered on an understanding of the relationship between violence and pedagogy. We will also commit to appending our reflective writings to related documents such as course syllabi, academic bios, teaching dossiers, community agreements, and program mission statements as the next step of organizing against violence.

Students, faculty, alt-ac professionals, activists, non-traditional pedagogues, and community learners interested in weaving together theory and autobiography are encouraged to participate. Registered participants will have access to full texts of this program a week before the actual webinar (scheduled for March 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM / Pacific).


Session Goals:

  • To reflect on our teaching practice and its relationships to the interconnected violence of colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy in the context of academic institutions and community life.
  • To spend time reading and annotating critical texts on pedagogy and violence, covering five decades, from the late 1960s to the present.
  • To write brief position statements following a guided discussion on selected texts that will result in a living document that can be expanded, revised, and appended to inform individual commitments.


This webinar is part of the “Organizing Against Violence” pedagogy initiative that was piloted at the 2018 Imagining America national gathering in Chicago, IL. Our aim is to create a network of critical pedagogues; engage in collective writing; and co-create a pedagogy toolkit for distribution through Imagining America and related media. Please contact us at following addresses with any questions you may have about the session or project at large. We look forward to your participation.