Here are some thoughts from colleagues:
One colleague from an English department suggested that we put our heads together to discuss how to teach about, “information integrity, fact-checking, peer review, how-to-spot-fake-news” in these “post-truth” times.
One university is hosting a Listening Session for faculty who teach in the Core Curriculum. The hope is that this will be a place to share faculty experiences in your classrooms this quarter and, in particular, over the last few weeks—weeks that have been personally and professionally exhausting. Here’s what the director says:
Many of our colleagues and students have spoken eloquently about the current political situation and its effects on them, their friends, and their families—others continue to find it difficult to express their thoughts and are struggling to find their own voice in response to our current national moment. Still others, who are sometimes afraid to voice their views, are in a more celebratory mood.
It is clear that the concerns and views of our students and our colleagues are sometimes in conflict and that not all of us are of the same opinion or share the same concerns. We hope that this Listening Session might provide the first of many opportunities to share your own concerns, your own stories, the stories of your students, and to raise questions that you and your students might have about how to move forward.
As university professors, it is our responsibility to provide a space where all students can speak and to help guide them in how to do so in civil and, we hope, productive ways. This is a more challenging and critical task now than it perhaps has been before and we believe that we can best approach it when we do so together, as a community. We hope that this Listening Session might be the start of the important work we need to do to strengthen our capacity to lead such difficult conversations.
That captures the feeling many of us have as we struggle to put our minds to what matters.