San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This event is open to GGC faculty & staff only.
Engaging Difference - Teaching Humanities and Social Science in Multicultural Environments
Drawing on the book Engaging Difference, this course will feature specific classroom strategies and approaches that can be used in diverse classrooms. We wil discuss the challenges and promises of diverse classrooms at GGC and elsewhere.
Engaging Difference discusses how to develop strategies to engage difference that work for both students and professors in multicultural classrooms. The contributions to this volume discuss specific pedagogical techniques (for example, the use of novels, web resources, and personal narratives) and the ways in which these have been applied in the classroom and in related educational activities. One contrubution addresses the issues related to the freedom of speech in diverse classrooms. The essays are rooted in relevant theoretical perspectives from active learning literature, including emerging approaches on intersectional pedagogies. All authors are practitioners engaged in teaching college, and several have previous high school teaching experience. They openly discuss challenges related to teaching in diverse classrooms and suggest pedagogical strategies to thrive in diverse environments.
Dr. Dovile Budryte - Professor of Political Science
Dovile Budryte, Ph.D, is a professor of political science at Georgia Gwinnett College. Her areas of interest include gender studies, trauma and memory in international relations and nationalism. She was a 2004 National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient, 2000-01 Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (New York) Fellow, and a 1998-99 Fellow at the College for Advanced Central European Studies at Europa University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Her publications include articles on gender issues, minority rights and democratization in the Baltic states and four books, Taming Nationalism? Political Community Building in the Post-Soviet Baltic States (2005), Feminist Conversations: Women, Trauma and Empowerment in Post-Authoritarian Societies (co-edited with Lisa M. Vaughn and Natalya T. Riegg, 2009), Memory and Trauma in International Relations: Theories, Cases and Debates (co-edited with Erica Resende, 2013) and Engaging Difference: Teaching Humanities and Social Science in Multicultural Environments (co-edited with Scott A. Boykin, 2017).
Recently she has published articles in peer-reviewed special issues of The Journal of Baltic Studies, Gender and History, Humanities and co-edited a special issue of Ethnicity Studies on transnational memory. Her current research agenda is reflected in a recent essay published in E-International Relations. In 2016, she recorded a webinar for the University System of Georgia Faculty Development Monthly Series on the use of intersectionality concept in teaching political science. Budryte has delivered invited talks at various colleges and universities internationally, including Florida International University, University of Cincinnati, University of Latvia, Vilnius University (Institute of International Relations and Political Science), Warsaw University, and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (Center for The Study of War and Society).
Dr. Scott A. Boykin - Associate Professor of Political Science
Before joining Georgia Gwinnett College, Dr. Boykin practiced law in Alabama and Texas and served as a judicial clerk to Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Boykin has published research in political theory, constitutional political economy and constitutional law.