Friday Features - July 31, 2015

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Friday Features
July 31, 2015
Investigating your Plate youth camp

Young students learn what’s on their plate

The campus hosted a week-long youth camp earlier this month, “Investigating Your Plate.” The 29 participants, in grades 5-8, learned about where food comes from through hands-on activities at Pioneer Farm. Campers also visited and toured the fluids lab, greenhouse and Pioneer Gardens.

This camp is part of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture Capacity Building Grant for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program entitled “Production Agriculture Systems: Closing the gap in monitoring and on-farm learning opportunities.”

Faculty to lead roundtable discussion at national conference

Six University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty members will lead a roundtable session, “From Precarity to Transdisciplinary Solidarity: Collective Reflections on Feminist Teaching at a Small Engineering University,” at the National Women’s Studies Association’s annual national conference Nov. 12-15 in Milwaukee, Wis.

Audience members will include international and national researchers, instructors, students, activists, administrators and publishers interested in the latest feminist scholarship.
Dr. Dong Isbister, assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at UW-Platteville, organized the session and will moderate the discussion.

Faculty members who will present include Dr. Terry Burns, English professor and chair of the Department of Humanities; Becky Fernette, lecturer of psychology; Clare Forstie, University Fellow in Gender and Sexuality; Dr. Mary Lenzi, professor of philosophy; Dr. Claudine Pied, assistant professor of sociology; and Dr. Gohar Siddiqui, assistant professor of English.

“This will be the first time in over ten years that we’ve had this much of a presence at the national conference, let alone have this many of our members attend the national conference,” said Burns.

“My colleagues inspired me with their great insights and scholarship and reflections when I organized the roundtable,” said Isbister. “They quickly responded to my call for interest and proposals and demonstrated their commitment to quality teaching and learning.”

At the conference, roundtable members will discuss pedagogical strategies they employ in film studies, sexuality studies, philosophy, literature, sociology and psychology and explore possibilities for change and transformation. They aim to consider forging transdisciplinary solidarity and establishing a community of feminist teaching where disciplines related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields may dispossess non-STEM disciplines, positivist epistemologies may dispossess feminist epistemologies and mainstream feminist scholarship may dispossess underrepresented social groups.

“The topic of the roundtable not only converses with current scholarship on complex ways of integrating critical perspectives into effective feminist teaching, but also fills the gap that feminist teaching at smaller engineering campuses is less discussed or theorized,” said Isbister. “By inviting various perspectives and facilitating critical and reflective dialogues among instructors and students from similar campuses, the roundtable contributors will unquestionably help make UW-Platteville more visible nationally and return to campus with more insights in effective teaching that will benefit our students and community in the long run.”


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