Faculty In Conversation: Building Anti-Racist Assessment by Design

by Poorvu Center: Faculty Programs and Initiatives

Lecture, Talk, or Panel Faculty Faculty Teaching Event Teaching

Wed, Sep 28, 2022

12 PM – 1:30 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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The Faculty in Conversation Series: Antiracist Pedagogy brings together faculty to listen, reflect, and exchange ideas. Each session features a Yale instructor who incorporates antiracist practices into their teaching and whose work is highlighted on the Poorvu Center antiracist pedagogy webpage. Associate Professor in the Yale Divinity School, Willie Jennings will engage participants in a discussion over lunch at the Poorvu Center of the second and fourth chapters of his book, After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging, which is an exploration of the impact of colonialism on the design of higher education. Jennings will facilitate a discussion of the questions: How might an instructor decolonize their assessments and methods of evaluation in the hierarchies of their discipline? How might an instructor help students move to more helpful forms of self-evaluation that build toward a shared project of learning in the classroom and the importance of belonging as fundamental to their education?

Participants will have opportunities to ask questions and reflect on how the practices translate to their own classrooms. All participants who register by September 20 will receive a copy of Jennings’ book ahead of time. This session will be limited to 25 participants to ensure an opportunity for all instructors to engage in the discussion. We are committed to hosting inclusive and accessible events that allow all participants to fully engage. Please contact us at askpoorvucenter@yale.edu if there are ways we can support accommodations or for questions about inclusion.
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Willie Jennings

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies

Yale Divinity School

Willie Jennings’ book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (link is external) (Yale 2010) won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Constructive-Reflective category the year after it appeared and, in 2015, the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the largest prize for a theological work in North America. Englewood Review of Books called the work a “theological masterpiece.” His commentary on the Book of Acts, titled Acts: A Commentary, The Revolution of the Intimate (for the Belief Series, Westminster/John Knox) received the Reference Book of the Year Award from The Academy of Parish Clergy in 2018.

Dr. Jennings has also recently published a book that examines the problems of theological education within western education, entitled After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging (link is external) (Eerdmans, 2020).

Jennings is now working on a major monograph provisionally entitled Unfolding the World: Recasting a Christian Doctrine of Creation as well as a finishing a book of poetry entitled The Time of Possession.

Writing in the areas of liberation theologies, cultural identities, and anthropology, Jennings has authored more than 40 scholarly essays and nearly two-dozen reviews, as well as essays on academic administration and blog posts for Religion Dispatches.

Jennings is an ordained Baptist minister and has served as interim pastor for several North Carolina churches. He is in high demand as a speaker and is widely recognized as a major figure in theological education across North America.

A Calvin College graduate, Jennings received his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke.

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