In this episode, B. López and Ben Kuebrich have a roundtable discussion with Dr. James Chase Sanchez and Dr. GPat Patterson to discuss teaching in the trump era and how this political moment has shaped our pedagogy and our interactions with students. Dr. James Chase Sanchez is an assistant professor of writing and rhetoric at Middlebury College. Dr. GPat Patterson is an assistant professor of English at Kent State Tuscarawas. In the discussion, we consider the following questions: What does it mean to teach thoughtfully in response to this political moment? What classroom experiences have you had that were particular to the trump era? How do you make your teaching a form of resistance?
“We’ve really elected this sort of caricature of white supremacy. Right? And I think the unanticipated effect is that Trump is kind of turning that sort of not-so-fun funhouse mirror back at the public and people are asking questions that I don’t think that they’ve been asking for a really long time. I’m having students coming into the classroom who are really looking to me and really looking at themselves and they want the tools to make sense of this moment.” -GPat Patterson
“I want to make sure that we can get to the root of the matter in these [classroom] conversations, but that I just don’t stay silent and let something that is a microaggression go without talking about it. Because I understand those moments that those students have those fears that, ‘Oh well there goes someone else who, who isn’t an ally.’ And that’s something that I want to make sure I demonstrate that I am to them.” – James Chase Sanchez
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