Confronting Sexist Language and Behaviors in the College Classroom

This post is part of the “Fair Harvard?” series by Aubry Threlkeld.  A discussion about the Cultural Dimensions of Teaching and Learning at Harvard  So I have been raging about two things recently. Sexist language used by students toward professors and teaching fellows, and the general objectification of women in higher education. These concerns are…

New Academic Year, New Academic Challenges

Here at Harvard, the Bureau of Study Counsel is a resource center for students’ academic and personal development.  Bureau services include: academic/personal counseling, workshops and discussion groups, Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies, peer tutoring, English as a Second Language peer consultation, referral to other services and resources, either within or outside the Harvard…

Have you visited ABLConnect?

ABLConnect is an online active learning resource database. It was started in early 2012 by Assistant Professor Dustin Tingley and Ph.D. student Leslie Finger as part of the Program on Experience Based Learning that Tingley directs at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science here at Harvard. Tingley and Finger, both ex-high school teachers, are associated with the Department of Government…

Suffering Fools Gladly?

by Pamela Pollock I’ve been thinking a lot about this David Brooks editorial I read last month. In the piece, Brooks discusses the dilemmas inherent in communicating with people we find foolish. He argues that it is not really a compliment to say that one doesn’t suffer fools gladly, and in fact it takes great…

I Speak, Therefore I Am

With the 2012 Tony Awards airing this Sunday, the Bok Center is certainly rooting for former Radcliffe fellow John Tiffany and his Broadway musical “Once” which has been nominated for best musical. While a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2010/2011, Tiffany workshopped “Once” at the A.R.T. here in…

From TF to Course Head

For the last meeting of their year-long Teaching Colloquium and Pedagogy Practicum, third-year graduate students in the Music Department looked ahead to the next step in their professional development: teaching their own courses. Departmental Teaching Fellow Meredith Schweig assembled a panel of recent Music PhDs to share what they’ve learned as they transition from serving…