Teaching Sensitive Subjects: Approaches to Discussing Uncomfortable Topics

deadline for submissions: 
February 4, 2021
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Teaching Sensitive Subjects:  Approaches to Discussing Uncomfortable Topics

How do you teach sensitive topics in the classroom?  What strategies or skills can you share with others to help navigate uncomfortable subjects?  Educators strive to present varying viewpoints to help students develop critical thinking skills and sometimes certain issues may be considered controversial.  Conversations on sexual behavior and illegal activities, discussions of racism and classism, and introductions of global and local policies and their ethically questionable nature, often have students squirming in their seats. Facilitating classroom discussions can be challenging.  It can be tricky for educators to prepare students, create safe spaces, handle discomfort, and encourage respectful communication.  If you have a successful strategy for leading discussions on a sensitive theme or text and would like to share your ideas, please consider submitting an abstract. 


Panel Proposal for the Popular Culture Association Conference.  The National Conference will be virtual for 2021.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to Saturday, June 5, 2021 

Individuals should submit a 250-350 (maximum) word abstract—including the texts to be considered—as well as a brief bio and A/V requirements by February 4th to cfppanel@gmail.com.