Trigger Warnings: A Generative Dialogue. October 29, 2015
Trigger Warnings: A Generative Dialogue
Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop
Free and open to the public
Trigger warnings are designed to prevent unaware encounters with topics that might elicit strong and damaging emotional responses in some people. Some call them a bandaid; others raise issues of academic freedom. This discussion will focus on how we can reframe and move beyond these debates to address how we can create a community in which all our members feel secure and respected, while also being able to examine difficult and controversial issues. Continuing the conversation started by a panel on trigger warnings last fall in the department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, this event is cosponsored by the Office of the Provost as part of ongoing Campus Climate work, which will include a series of forums on Academic Freedom over the coming year.
Angela M. Carter, Graduate Instructor & Ph.D Candidate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, UMN
Shannon Gibney, Faculty in English, MCTC
Roozbeh Shirazi, Comparative and International Development Education, UMN
Moderated by Jigna Desai, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and Asian American Studies, UMN
Angela M. Carter is a Ph.D. Candidate and graduate instructor in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her BA in English and Women’s Studies from Truman State University, and as a Ronald E. McNair scholar, became a first generation college graduate in 2009. Broadly speaking, Angela’s dissertation project explores dominant discourses of trauma and PTSD through the intersecting analytics of queer theory and feminist disability studies. Last year, Angela was awarded both the GWSS Graduate Student Teaching Award and the Disability Resource Center’s Access Achievement Award. Her article “Teaching With Trauma: Disability Pedagogy, Feminism, and the Trigger Warnings Debate” was recently published in Disability Studies Quarterly. Outside of her academic endeavors, Angela enjoys drinking too much coffee, playing with her puppies, and watching the Kansas City Royals play amazing baseball.
Shannon Gibney earned her M.A. and M.F.A in 20th Century African American Literature at Indiana University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program. As Indiana Review editor, she conceived of the literary journal’s first “Writers of Color” special issue, and brought it to fruition in 2002. Following her graduate work at Indiana, she served a three-year stint as managing editor of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the state’s oldest Black newspaper. In 2005, she was awarded a Bush Artist Fellows grant, which allowed her to devote most of her time to creative work, until she joined the faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) in in 2007, becoming Full-Time Unlimited (FTU) faculty there in 2009. Shannon’s Young Adult (YA) novel SEE NO COLOR will be published in November, 2015. She was also awarded a 2015 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, administered by the Loft Literary Center. She is using the funds to complete a family memoir, tentatively titled LOVE ACROSS THE MIDDLE PASSAGE: MAKING AN AFRICAN/AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY.
Coming to the field of comparative and international education from a background in political science, Roozbeh Shirazi has always sought to understand the social, political, and cultural labor that schools perform, with particular attention to how knowledge is produced about belonging and membership in diverse educational settings. His experiences as an elementary school teacher in a state-controlled district cultivated his interest in studying the cultural production of schooling through observing everyday experiences and collecting individual perspectives at the school-level with attention to the broader social, political, and policy environments in which they unfold. Although the bulk of his field experiences have been devoted to engaging with educational issues as they intersect with culture, politics, and development in the Middle East, his research interests are simultaneously transnational and transcultural, and highlight the effects of global migration on educational processes, practices, and sociopolitical outcomes.
This event is cosponsored by the Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality (RIGS) Initiative.
Desai has been interviewed by the Bat of Minerva.