Teaching and Race: How to Survive, Manage, and Even Encourage Race Talk (Studies in Composition and Rhetoric #12) (Hardcover)

Teaching and Race: How to Survive, Manage, and Even Encourage Race Talk (Studies in Composition and Rhetoric #12) By Alice S. Horning (Editor), Irene Murphy Lietz Cover Image
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This is book number 12 in the Studies in Composition and Rhetoric series.


Teaching and Race: How To Survive, Manage, and Even Encourage Race Talk provides an in-depth interdisciplinary analysis of some common student talk about race, its flavor, character, rhetorical, sociological, psychological and educational development sources, and manageable tools for responding to students. The book recommends an accessible two-step, compassionate listening followed by critical challenges, to make the transformative connection between emotion and evidence. The book helps teachers embrace the moments of difficult conversation, confront student denial (as well as their own), and take advantage of the unique opportunity the classroom provides to advance the students' anti-racist identity development. Teaching and Race narrates common, sometimes offensive, language in four student interviews that are tied to strong feelings of confusion, denial, guilt, resistance and more. The student interviews help college teachers name and analyze loaded racial discussion so that they can thoughtfully address it in the classroom, rather than feel their only choices are explosive confrontation, gloss-overs or redirection. The book empowers teachers to shift potentially confrontational race talk to open-minded race dialogues that ultimately defuse the shock, sting, alarm and confusion of race talk by well-intentioned but unpracticed voices. The book creates a compassionate but informed moment for teachers, preparing them to confidently raise a critical challenge to misinformation at the moment it arises, and providing a beginning response for the teacher.

About the Author

Irene Murphy Lietz holds a B.A. (Marygrove College), M.A. (University of Detroit), and Ph.D. (Union Institute and University). A Professor Emerita of English at Carlow University, Pittsburgh, and long-time teacher of first-year and professional writing, her work focuses on social justice, racism, and gender-based violence.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781433171901
ISBN-10: 1433171902
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: May 29th, 2020
Pages: 170
Language: English
Series: Studies in Composition and Rhetoric