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14th Annual Summit on Transforming Learning: Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session #1 Options (1:45-2:30 p.m.):
Option A - Choices: A Deep Dive into Our Understandings of Choice and Autonomy
Option B - Cross-Pollinating Dialogue Across Campuses: A Conversation About a "Diversity & Dialogue" Course
Option C - Democracy and Art at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Breakout Session #2 Options (2:45-3:30 p.m.):
Option A - Comparative Democracy: What Can U.S. Policymakers Learn from Other Democracies
Option B - Community Engagement and Activism: Petrodollar versus Human Rights
Option C - A Workshop on Facilitating Difficult Dialogues from ACS's Inclusive Pedagogies Institute

Breakout Sessions #1: 1:45 -2:30 p.m.

A). Choices: A Deep Dive into Our Understandings of Choice and Autonomy
Presenter: Courtney Howell and students Kalese Justice, Yesenia Jarquin
 Crummer 107
Description: Democracy is a complex term that implies choices about who we are, how we act, and the spaces we occupy in dialogue. However, how does one cultivate a daily practice of autonomy? Using a unique framework centered around health, this session involves the audience in a journey through democratic choices, starting with examining our understanding of seemingly simple words like ‘wellness’ and ‘democracy’ and ending with suggestions on how to develop spaces that are open for conversation.

B). Cross-Pollinating Dialogue Across Campuses:  A Conversation about a ‘Diversity & Dialogue’ Course”
 Dr. Nancy Chick, Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development; Dr. Paul T. Corrigan, Associate Professor of English at Southeastern University; Ray Allen, Director of Southeastern University’s Multicultural Affairs Center; Dr. Rachel Luckenbill, Assistant Professor of English and Chair of Southeastern University’s Faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee; two students from the spring Diversity & Dialogue course at Southeastern University (TBA)
 Faculty Club
Description: This Summit is a fitting event to facilitate the cross-pollination of experience and expertise across campuses. This session aims to begin a conversation with colleagues and students from Southeastern University involved in its “Dialogue & Diversity” course, which convenes a faculty member, the Director of Multicultural Affairs, and students for “in-depth dialogues on diversity” and the “study [of] dialogue itself, including what makes for good discussion and how to facilitate meaningful conversations on difficult topics.”  Nancy Chick will facilitate a fishbowl discussion of the Southeastern group focused on specific experiences in this course—with the intention of unpacking the “deep structures” (Shulman, 2005) of teaching and learning in such a course. (Course materials will also be shared.) Finally, Dr. Chick will open up the conversation to engage members of the audience to connect to similar courses at Rollins, identify ways of developing new ones, and initiate collaborations between our two campuses.

C). Democracy and Art at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum 
Presenter: Elizabeth Coulter
Location: Cornell Fine Arts Museum (CFAM)
Description: Join Cornell Fine Arts Museum Dale Montgomery Fellow, Elizabeth Coulter, to explore the themes of the Summit through the work in the museum’s collection. The breakout session would include a tour of works on view in The Place as Metaphor: Collection Conversations, as well as select works pulled from the vault to view in the print study room. Visitors will consider themes of freedom, equality, identity, and values associated with democracy in American society in the context of artistic expression. The tour will include works by artists Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Danh Vō, and more. After the tour, participants will engage in a discussion guided by a series of overarching questions about democracy. How do contemporary artists and visual culture impact how audiences engage with topics of democracy? How does the museum on campus act as a safe space where different viewpoints are represented?

Breakout Sessions #2: 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

A). Comparative Democracy: What Can U.S. Policymakers Learn from Other Democracies?
Presenters: Dr. Dexter Boniface and students Skylar Knight-The Netherlands; Ricardo Franco-Venezuela; Gi Figueiredo-Brazil; Adi Das-India
Location: Crummer 108
Description: The Comparative Democracy panel compares democratic institutions and political culture in four different nations (Netherlands, Venezuela, Brazil, India) to the U.S. and examines ways in which the U.S. can learn from the successes and failures of these democracies. The U.S. is one of the world’s oldest and most robust democracies, but in recent years it has experienced significant setbacks. With unprecedented levels of political polarization and apathy, U.S. democratic values and institutions are weakening, threatening the reciprocity, trust, and mutual goodwill that have underpinned American government. How can the U.S. learn from other democracies in safeguarding democratic values and institutions today? In examining how the state of democracy (or lack thereof) in the Netherlands, Honduras, and Sudan. This panel considers potential reforms to protect against the erosion of American democracy.

B). Community Engagement and Activism: Petrodollar versus Human Rights
Presenters: Dr. Abeer Aloush & students 
Location: Crummer 208
Description: This analysis session draws on the borders of politics across human ethics boundaries. In spite of the undergoing drastic reform in Saudi Arabia led by the Crown Prince, an unethical incident with an international implication had happened. The “Man of Reform”, the Crown Prince is involved in a crime of killing according to the CIA. The Washington Post columnist, American resident, Saudi opponent and scholar in the Middle East Affairs, Jamal Khashuggi, was pushed by the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC to go to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to pick up a personal document. Cameras of the consulate had depicted his entrance but never his exit. Turkish authorities revealed audiovisual recordings of the torture and murder of Khashuggi at the consulate, dismembering his body and dissolving it in fully in acids. In the name of human rights and collegiate, The Washington Post, Human Rights Watch and a few congressmen declared the necessity of punishing those who have committed the crime.

C). A Workshop on Facilitating Difficult Dialogues, from the ACS’s Inclusive Pedagogies Institute
Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Queen; Dr. Todd French; Dr. Nancy Chick
Location: Faculty Club
Description: Jennifer Queen and Todd French, who attended the summer 2017 Associated Colleges of the South’s (ACS) Inclusive Pedagogies Institute, will lead a “Facilitating Difficult Dialogues” workshop based on the session at the Institute. Participants will begin with a short discussion of the challenges of classroom conversations about equity, inclusion, and other values central to democracy. In order to be better facilitators of such difficult but crucial dialogues, participants will also share strategies for dealing with challenges that become triggers (the students’ and the instructors’) drawing from Kathy Obear’s framework of the Trigger Event Cycle. After the workshop, Nancy Chick and Jennifer Cavanaugh will facilitate a debrief with the workshop leaders and participants in unpacking the experience and how it might inform teaching and learning at Rollins.