This semester we are reading Tressie McMillan Cottom’s book Thick. New members always welcome!
We discussed the book as well as the legacy of the (former) KCTL Sexualities Reading Group and its impacts on our teaching, scholarship, and professional selves.
We discussed racial bias in the classroom and in course evaluations, both the current research and our own experiences.
The Bodies and Sexualities Faculty Interest Group began meeting in Spring 2019. We are very excited for this new FIG!
We will be reading and discussing Oppression and the Body: Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions by Christine Caldwell and Lucia Bennett Leighton (Editors)
March 28 3:30-4:30pm
At our first meeting, we discussed sexual harassment on campus, ways to maintain positive relationships with students, as well as safety and surveillance. We also talked about what it means to be a public intellectual and professor. We bounced around ideas concerning identities for both professors and students.
May 7, 12:40-1:40pm
We discussed issues that have come up in our classroom and professional careers where our identities, bodies, and sexualities have had an impact on the way we have seen things and the ways we have been treated. We discussed mentoring others and creating supportive communities and conversations.
May 28, 12:40-1:40pm
We talked about race, class, and gender in hiring, promotion, and tenure and brainstormed ways to support each other and junior faculty more broadly through promotion and tenure, realizing ways people with different social locations and identities experience these milestones differently and may be treated and seen differently.