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Lunch will be served starting at 11:45AM. This lunch is an opportunity for you to meet with Provost Vicki Leigh Colvin in a small-group setting and learn more about the work of her office. It is also a chance for you to get answers to questions and concerns you have about being a junior faculty member at Brown. Please contact Vania_Figueiredo@brown.edu at the Sheridan Center with any dietary restrictions at least 48 hours prior to the event. The Junior Faculty Roundtable is a series of lunches designed to bring new and junior faculty together with campus leaders and senior colleagues to explore a variety of faculty issues. RSVP by noon on RSVP by noon on Wednesday, February 10th, to reserve a place at this catered lunch. Please register even if the event is currently fully subscribed, as there may be cancellations that would enable you to attend.
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Contingency, Essentialism, and Path-Dependency: Why the Conventional Wisdom on Islamic Society is Wrong Professor Ebrahim Afsah, University of Copenhagen “What’s wrong with Muslim societies these days?” The violence and dysfunction that is plaguing most of the Muslim world fills our daily news channels, often leading to heated arguments about the spiritual content of Islam as a religion. Interesting as such discussions undoubtedly are, we will argue in this talk that to understand what went wrong we need to look beyond the Good Book. So, instead of studying spiritual dogma to understand contemporary Muslim societies, we explore here a different approach. Using normal social science, we will see that the current state of affairs quite literally wasn’t preordained, but resulted from people’s choices, often fairly poor ones. We will thus look here at the many false starts, the missed opportunities, the intellectual dead-ends, and the historical reversals that have produced the current violent and unstable situation. Reception following lecture. Register at https://sheridan-center.appshosting.com/pma/apex/f?p=210:76:0::NO::P76_EVENT_ID:295
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Rhetorical Practice: Teaching as Persuasive Communication. This lecture focuses on teachers’ role as communicators, and fosters reflection on rhetorical practices that promote better engagement and communication with students. Prof. Barbara Tannenbaum (TAPS) will introduce techniques to help improve your classroom communication.
This roundtable explores potential solutions to challenging situations instructors face when addressing culturally-charged topics such as religion and politics. Instructors who regularly engage these topics are confronted with various challenges: they must teach students to be respectful yet analytical in their evaluations of others’ religions and politics, they must help students consider ideas that may be perceived as conflicting with students’ own religious or political convictions, and they must facilitate open dialogue amongst a group of peers with conflicting points of view. During this roundtable, Professors Ebrahim Afsah (University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law), Ross Cheit (Political Science) and Stephen Bush (Religious Studies) will discuss their views regarding the importance of engaging students in the study of taboo topics, and will share ideas and potential solutions to some of the pedagogical challenges described above. Faculty and students are invited to brainstorm ways in which they might employ some of these approaches in their own classrooms. Catered lunch, registration required. Register at https://sheridan-center.appshosting.com/pma/apex/f?p=210:76:0::NO::P76_E...
Prof Ebrahim Afsah, Univ of Copenhagen Can the constitution be taught in 140 characters or less? Law, literature & similar subjects seem uniquely unsuited to the attention span of the typical internet user, when cute cat videos & partisan gore is just a click away. Online education has the potential to drastically improve access to high-quality education. In contrast, social scientists & lawyers remain skeptical about the possibility to teach difficult or controversial topics that require nuance, textual subtlety & above else, personal interaction. It is feared that the anonymity & superficiality of online interaction inevitably lead to a race to the bottom of civility, academic rigor & intellectual curiosity when substantially difficult concepts involving deeply held moral & religious beliefs are to be taught. We will address these fears & see how one of the most controversial of topics -Muslim public law- could indeed fruitfully be taught to tens of thousands of people across the globe (Spoiler alert: it can. And it is fun.) Register at https://sheridan-center.appshosting.com/pma/apex/f?p=210:76:0::NO::P76_E...
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The Significance of Your Research - Practice Presentations. Open only to registered participants.