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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

3:00 pm in 243 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, January 22, 2020

How do mathematicians believe?

Brian P Katz (Smith College)

Abstract: Love it or hate it, many people believe that mathematics gives humans access to a kind of truth that is more absolute and universal than other disciplines. If this claim is true, we must ask: what makes the origins and processes of mathematics special and how can our messy, biological brains connect to the absolute? If the claim is false, then what becomes of truth in mathematics? In this session, we will consider beliefs about truth and how they play out in the mathematics classroom, trying to understand a little about identity, authority, and the Liberal Arts.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Real Talk : Connecting communities through intercultural communication

Brewster, Teryl P (Office of Inclusion&Intercultural Relations)

Abstract: Join the Social Justice Educators Paraprofessional Program & AWM for a conversation about cultural identity and how it influences communication.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

3:00 pm in Zoom (email for Zoom link),Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Intersecting identities and the worldview

Joycelyn Landrum-Brown (Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, UIUC)

Abstract: This workshop is based on a model developed and expanded upon by Dr. Landrum-Brown that uses the concept of worldview to help individuals develop understanding about the ways their social identities and their intersection (race/ethnicity, gender, social class, disability/ability statuses, etc.) influence individuals' lived experiences in the world. This model has two parts, the first part makes clear societal or group worldviews. The second part explores the personal worldviews of individuals. This interactive workshop helps participants understand the ways their multiple social identities intersect to create their unique lived experiences in today’s society. Within the model the interaction of both parts are explored to reveal how the interaction between one’s personal worldview and the society’s worldview provide a dynamic framework for understanding cross-cultural interpersonal and intergroup relations. Dr Landrum-Brown currently oversees the Intergroup Dialogue Courses offered through Educational Psychology and the OIIR. In addition, she has been teaching a Gen Ed course titled Exploring Cultural Diversity since Fall 2000. She has been working in the area of diversity & inclusion education and facilitation training for the last 39 years, including facilitating numerous workshops on a variety of Social Justice Education topics. She has also worked in this capacity through her private consulting firm, Landrum-Brown & Associates. She has published and co-authored several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is most interested in diversity and inclusion and social justice issues as they relate to preventive mental health.

Please email for Zoom link.

Friday, November 6, 2020

3:00 pm in Zoom,Friday, November 6, 2020

Gender, Sexuality and Math

Bianca Thompson (Westminster College)

Abstract: Are you interested in learning about gender, sexuality and its intersection with mathematics? Then this seminar is for you! The Teaching and Diversity Seminar is excited to have Dr. Bianca Thompson who will provide us with the framework to think about gender, sexuality, and its intersection with our mathematical identity. The goal is to think more about what a Queer Mathematical environment could be. Based on reading or personal experience we want to have a discussion on the barriers that persist in mathematics preventing participation from LGBTQAIP+ community members and how can we remove those barriers. Email na17 [AT] illinois [DOT] edu for the Zoom details.

Friday, November 13, 2020

3:00 pm in Zoom (Email na17 [AT] illinois [DOT] edu for details),Friday, November 13, 2020

Gatekeeping in Calculus and Other Stories: Investigating the Influence of Race and Gender on Instructor Beliefs and Student Experiences

Taylor McNeill (Vanderbilt University)

Abstract: In this seminar we'll discuss how conceptions of mathematics instruction as race- and gender-neutral can impede inclusive teaching in undergraduate pre-calculus and calculus. Drawing on a larger study that explores instructors’ and students’ perceptions of instructional events, which white women and racially minoritized students identified as discouraging, I’ll share a case study centered on an event that exhibits the well-documented gatekeeping function of calculus. Instructors’ and students’ contrasting perceptions of this event reveal how instructors’ views of pre-calculus and calculus teaching as socially neutral can erase underrepresented students’ racialized and/or gendered experiences of instruction. I will also share ongoing work that investigates the influence of instruction and other mathematics cultural practices on the experiences of students and faculty minoritized by race, gender, and/or sexuality.