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DALC: Book Club – Feeling Power

09-20-18 @ 12:00 - 13:00

We would like to extend our invitation to an Active Learning Book Club on Megan Boler’s Feeling Power (1999).  The first meeting is set for Thursday September 20th and we will be meeting at Dawson College’s New School in 8B.13. It would be nice if you could arrive between 11:30am-12pm so we can meet informally and enjoy some coffee or tea. Our guided discussion will run from 12pm-1pm.

Boler’s thought-provoking work asks what is the relationship between emotions and power in the classroom in higher education?  

From the back cover: “Megan Boler combines cultural history with ethical and multicultural analyses to explore how emotions have been disciplined, suppressed or ignored at all levels of education and in educational theory. Feeling Power begins by charting the philosophies and practices developed over the last century to control social conflicts arising from gender, class and race. The book traces the development of progressive pedagogies from civil rights and women’s liberation movements to the author’s recent studies of “emotional intelligence” and “emotional literacy”. She concludes by outlining a “pedagogy of discomfort” that examines empathy, fear and anger to negotiate ethics and difference.”

The first reading is Boler’s introductory chapter on “Feeling Power: Theorizing Emotions and Social Control in Education” and I have attached it as a PDF to this email. Please try to read it, but you are still welcome if you don’t find the time to get through it. If anyone would like me to drop off a copy of the reading, please let me know and I will do so before Friday noon. (The PDF is long because I have included all of the endnotes as well as the bibliography for your reference.)

The proposal is this: We commit to meeting 4-5 times this semester and there is no pressure to read. Each meeting will consist of a facilitated discussion started by a quick presentation of some key ideas and some guided questions that encourage participants to connect with each other across our disciplines on the role of emotions and power in the classroom.

Book PDF here.

Table of contents here.

Please RSVP to dalc@dawsoncollege.qc.ca if you would like to attend. Looking forward to hearing from you, and to reading with you.


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