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- Fast Fashion: Patriot Act – apropos of our class discussion on The Tragedy of the Commons in 340
- I’m slowly compiling all the videos from the pop culture assignment in 347. See them here.
- Here’s an article on the domestic violence situation with Amber Heard and Johnny Depp we discussed in 347.
- The Makers documentary series on women’s’ rights in America through history.
- Loop on Disney+ – a short about a non-verbal autistic girl and a non-neurodiverse boy and how they communicate and see the world. Apropos of our discussion on neurodiversity in 378L and the ADA in 340.
Heal your brain:
Fun Stuff First!
Someone complied some really awesome things that happened this year and it is beautiful (and kawaii).
Into the Unknown from Frozen 2 in 29 Languages
Animals Being Extra – my newest YouTube playlist for when you just can’t
Why billionaires won’t save us
Don’t ignore the Asian vote with Andrew Yang and Corey Booker
Growing up Desi (I may have already posted this but oh well)
Bonus: Watch Hasan be super uncomfortable with thirst tweets
Why Boris Johnson is Horrible (it’s not what you think)
Miss America Pageant (old but fantastic)
Sex Ed – with a celebrity and profanity-laden PSA at the end that you can send to your teen siblings/cousins on the DL.
I am committed to furthering diversity and inclusion in my classroom. My approach is particularly informed by two theories: intersectionality and trauma-informed pedagogy (TIP). I also follow pedagogical practices in writing that minimize the effects of colonization on marginalized people in their work. I strive to create an equitable environment in which we do not discriminate based on culture, gender, race, gender identity, sexual identity, ability, appearance, or religion. We seek to understand each other better to unpack our biases and expand our schemas.
I create space for all voices in my classroom, but I work to center marginalized voices whenever possible. This means allowing students with intersecting identities of oppression space to discuss their perspectives and experiences as frequently as possible and encouraging research and discussion on and by populations that are under-researched.
Trauma-Informed Pedagogy provides guidelines for minimizing harm to students who may experience secondary trauma from the study or discussion of traumatic issues, such as violence, family abuse, and childhood sexual abuse. I allow students to use coping mechanisms in the classroom and provide alternative assignments for students who may have first-hand experiences of these and other issues.
Finally, when designing and evaluating writing assignments, I value the ability to think and communicate clearly over replicating the white, privileged norms of grammar and syntax in academic writing. My training in minimal marking practices helps students prioritize communication over perfection, and allows students to develop their thinking while improving their writing.
More news and stuff.
John Oliver on legal immigration – really good look at our immigration process and how difficult it is, especially from large countries
Hassan Minhaj on
coffee shitty research.
Hassan talking to Desi kids and apparently being peak uncle.
Things to calm your brain:
Breaks from reality:
John Oliver on the Filibuster – this has come up in the debates and is way more critical than I realized. Do we end the filibuster or gerrymandering or the electoral college only if it benefits our current party? Or do we end them because they violate the basic ethical norms of society? I’m going with the latter…
And to lower your blood pressure after that crap: Can dogs love cats too much?
Ted Talk: How the way English is taught silences students of color – The idea of NOT grading papers based on ideas grounded in colonialism is taught in an (optional) continuing education course available to UT professors and TAs. It profoundly changed how I teach writing flags. More of us need to take this, and take it in.
NPR: The Economists – an interview with an author on his book on the rise of economists as a social and political power in the US. We discussed briefly in 347. Highly recommended if you want to dig deeper into the conflation of unregulated capitalism with democracy.
Hasan Minhaj on Policing in America – Serious trigger warning here. It is, however, really informative if you’ve ever asked yourself, “How the hell does this keep happening?” when nobody ever gets prosecuted for killing unarmed people of color. Beyond the obvious aspects of systemic racism, there is some really effed up, but mostly hidden structural stuff that protects cops who violate the law to the exclusion of all else. Minhaj does a really good job of unpacking some of it.
On a lighter note:
Lizzo and Cookie Monster