Following the success of last month’s teach-in at Kennedy Hall, an all-day teach-in is scheduled for Monday to encourage discussions between professors and students about issues related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
“The format of this teach-in will be quite different [from the first],” said Vice Provost Isaac Kramnick, organizer of both events, in an e-mail to professors. “Instead of a sit down audience listening to short lectures and then sharing an open mic, we are planning something more like an informal all day informational exchange and series of conversations.”
From 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room, professors will run six booths related to different topics. Students can travel between booths and ask questions or engage professors in conversation. Topics range from general to specific and include the Media and the Crisis; Islamic History, Culture, and Religion; and International Economic Implications.
More than 20 professors have volunteered to participate, each for a few hours throughout the day. Their role will be to chat, answer questions, and provoke discussion, Kramnick said in the email to professors.
Participants in the teach-in include Alfred Center, David Lee, David Bendaniel, Gary Fields, Lee C. Lee, Christian Otto, Roberta Moudry, Omer Bajwa, Ross Brann, David Powers, Thomas Hirschl, Ron Herring, Phil McMichael, Jeremy Rabkin, Barry Strauss, Brett de Bary, Kenneth Birman, Lee Adler, Theodore Lowi, Risa Lieberwitz, Dietram Scheufele, Tim Murray, and Diane Rubenstein.
“I think it’s important to participate because I imagine that questions and concerns about all the things that have happened in the last 30 days are floating around students’ minds,” said Lee Adler, senior extension associate in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
The format of this teach-in “gives them the opportunity to shop [for an outlet for their ideas] on their own schedule,” Adler said. Adler will speak about the impacts of the terrorist attacks on labor unions and on new legislation being introduced before Congress.
Archived article by Heather Schroeder