Inclusive Pedagogy: Student-Led Classes

One of the aims of student-centered pedagogy is to diffuse authority in the classroom, so that the task of creating knowledge doesn't only reside in the instructor, but is mutually created by the epistemic community of the classroom. One of the ways I manifest my commitment to student-centered learning is through student-led classes. 

#MeToo Shakespeare at Harvey Mudd College

On Friday, December 13, 2019, my #MeToo Shakespeare course at Harvey Mudd College culminated in a conference where my undergraduate students presented their research. The conference was a perfect encapsulation of the critical investigation we had undertaken over the course of the semester. This work entailed examining what Shakespeare’s plays might tell us about #MeToo … Continue reading #MeToo Shakespeare at Harvey Mudd College

Looking for Mercy in The Merchant of Venice

In the fall semester of 2018, my students at Harvey Mudd College participated in “The Quality of Mercy Project,” whose remit was to offer a collaborative but locally inflected vision of what The Merchant of Venice communicates to us and how we can, in turn, perform and transform this play given our particular, regional interests … Continue reading Looking for Mercy in The Merchant of Venice

After Race Before Race

  On Friday and Saturday, January 18-19 2019, Arizona State University’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies directed by Professor Ayanna Thompson hosted a paradigm shifting conference on race and race studies in the medieval and early modern periods. Following upon The Globe’s Shakespeare and Race Symposium of August 2018, this program expanded the field … Continue reading After Race Before Race