Visiting scholar to address ‘Mindful Resistance Under a U.S. Autocracy’

March 14, 2017 | Events, UToday, Judith Herb College of Education
By Ashley Diel

Graduate students in the Judith Herb College of Education are bringing in a visiting scholar with the help of a $4,000 award from the Graduate Student Association.

Dr. Aurora Chang is a visiting scholar from Loyola University’s School of Education, where she is an assistant professor in teaching and learning. Her course work focuses on multicultural education, school reform, undocumented students, Chicana feminist epistemology, and urban schooling.


Chang will give a talk titled “I Can’t be a Pessimist Because I am Alive: Intersectional Storytelling, Educational Agency, and Mindful Resistance Under a U.S. Autocracy” Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in Health and Human Sciences Building Room 1711.

The free, public event will include a question-and-answer session and will be followed by a reception with refreshments and light snacks.

“Understanding intersectionality and its implications is necessary to living in a diverse democratic society. We cannot afford to ignore the fact that we are all individuals with multiple identities that converge to affect how we interact with the world and how the world interacts with us,” said Jessica L. Swan, graduate teaching assistant. “When we interact with others, we must see them for all that they are; we must recognize and understand each individual as a whole person and approach them with this in our minds.”

Chang also will speak at a lunch Thursday, March 16, at 12:30 p.m. in Health and Human Sciences Building Room 1711. 

“This is a time for participant-driven dialogue, and has historically in similar past events proven to be focused on critical reflection and interaction with the purpose of developing shared understandings of topics raised by participants,” Swan said.

Both events are free and open to the University community as well as the Toledo community.

“The speaking engagement and the lunchtime dialogue will benefit people because it will provide them with inspiration to think critically and reflect on our current political climate and its implications for themselves and others,” Swan said. “If we never initiate the conversation, we cannot work toward the development of shared understandings and the improvement of our community and our society as a whole.”

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