African American & Latinx Literature Case Studies; Teaching While Privileged

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Cheryl Boots / NeMLA
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Privilege comes in many forms whether race, class, gender, or education. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 84% of full time faculty are white, 25% of those professors are women. With these overarching statistics nationally, at many institutions, classes that focus on African American or Latinx literature are taught largely, if not completely, by faculty who are not from that racial or cultural demographic. When white faculty teach these courses, they may need to confront their own privilege and cultural “blind spots.” Proposed case study presentations can address teaching either African American or Latinx texts. In a non-judgmental environment that offers faculty the opportunity to share their successes and their second-guesses, this roundtable follows up on the interest expressed at the 2019 NeMLA roundtable addressing advocates, allies, and co-conspirators.