Antiracist Pedagogies Workshop Series: Emily George on Approaches to Teaching Canonical Literature

As part of Expository Writing Program’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Collaboration Grant, Olivia Hernández, Jacki Fiscus, Emily George, Dana Woodcock, and Sarah Ghasedi will hold a series of five workshops throughout Winter and Spring 2018 that address ethical approaches to teaching personal writing, antiracist assessment, canonical literature, autoethnography, and multimodality. Participants will come away with practical applications for their classrooms and teaching philosophies.

This third workshop in the series will be held on Friday, March 9th, from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM in the Allen Library Research Commons Red Room A. Details below.

Workshop Leader: Emily George

Title: Approaches to Teaching Canonical Literature

Description: Emily George will lead a workshop on implementing antiracist pedagogies geared toward courses steeped in the historic English literary canon. This discussion will center on two questions: What are the challenges and opportunities of teaching ethical and inclusive classes where the material is historically white, male, and exclusive? And, in addition to more widely applicable best practices for creating an antiracist classroom, what are the best approaches for framing readings, facilitating class discussions, and creating assignments that engage with the English canon in productive and ethical ways? George will provide an overview of scholarship and examples, and participants will brainstorm, share ideas, and develop strategies for their own pedagogical practices and course designs.

When: Friday, March 9th, 11 AM to 12:30 PM

Where: Allen Library Research Commons Red Room A.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Emily George at or Olivia Hernández at