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“It’s not me, it’s them”: Critical Pedagogy Blindspots

“It’s not me, it’s them”: Critical Pedagogy Blindspots


Spencer Brayton and Natasha Casey reflect on their information and media literacy research and teaching collaboration and draw on classroom experiences to highlight some of the challenges faced when teaching students from a wide range of political backgrounds. They examine the viability of critical pedagogies, which seem to be increasingly and unabashedly framed in terms of dictatorial classroom practices. At a time when many have commented on the increased polarization both in the country generally and in academia, they discuss experiences of insularity and incivility in the classroom and beyond, and offer some alternative pedagogical approaches.

Natasha Casey is a communications professor at Blackburn College in Illinois, and Spencer Brayton is library manager at Waubonsee Community College, also in Illinois.

DATE: Monday, March 23

TIME: 7 pm EST

LOCATION: Online via Zoom videoconference. Click here to register. 


OPTIONAL READING: Brayton, S. & Casey, N. (2019) Not tolerating tolerance: Unpacking critical pedagogy in classrooms and conferences. In Association of College & Research Libraries, Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization.