"Teaching with Visual Materials: Controversy and Censorship"

Friday, March 29, 2019
12 - 1 p.m. 
137A Calloway Peak Room, Plemmons Student Union


Dr. Heather Waldroup, Associate Director of the Honors College and member of the Appalachian State University Humanities Council will be hosting one of the annual Humanities Pedagogy Brown-Bag Lunches.

Many of us incorporate visual materials of various kinds into the classroom, from 'art' in the most traditional definition, to images from advertisements, popular culture and film. These can be useful teaching tools, and indeed for some disciplines, images are an essential part of class engagement. However, certain images -- especially ones that invite discussions of sexuality or race relations -- can also invite controversy. This can impact faculty in various ways, from complaints on teaching evaluations to self-censorship of some materials and avoidance of certain topics of discussion. This brown bag discussion will be an opportunity for faculty to share and learn with one another regarding their experiences with visual materials in the classrooms. We will address issues that faculty might consider before introducing images that might be controversial into their class discussions, when to issue trigger warnings and how to address the varied responses such images might elicit.

Waldroup’s research interests explore the intersection of western and oceanic visual cultures since the late 19th century, with a focus on colonial photography, contemporary Indigenous art, and museum collection and display. She is currently working on completing a monograph on American colonial photography from Hawai'i and Samoa.

The purpose of the Humanities Council, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian, is to enhance support for and recognition of Humanities scholarship throughout the University and to encourage interdisciplinary research and communication among scholars from different areas of expertise. Through its varied programming initiatives, the Humanities Council aims to promote understanding of work in the Humanities, its relationship to other fields of inquiry and the important role it plays at our university and in our world. The Humanities Council is a site where the values of interdisciplinarity and the liberal arts are promoted to the benefit of students, the College and the University.



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About the Humanities Council
Appalachian State University’s Humanities Council provides interdisciplinary opportunities and events on campus throughout the year, promoting the importance of the humanities in relationship to other fields.


Waldroup event poster
Published: Mar 20, 2019 3:19pm

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