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Learning to Teach without Fear: Embracing Diversity through Constructive Conflict

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 4-7pm

Sponsored by the Temple University Teaching and Learning Center

University faculty are often beset by various challenges of teaching students who differ from their social identities, including race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability and religion. Many faculty recognize the value in allowing the classroom to be a space for the discussion of controversial societal topics but are uncomfortable managing the resulting conflicts. This workshop is designed to introduce instructional staff to an innovative approach to facilitating classroom dialogues around diversity called Transformational Social Therapy (TST).

The goal of TST, which begins with group dialogues and leads to transformative action, is to foster the practice and theory of healthy multicultural democracies by building relationships between individuals and groups. Within the university classroom environment, Transformational Social Therapy provides a framework for the instructor and students to explore the intractable social issues preventing cooperation and promoting mistrust among groups.

This workshop will assist faculty in discovering their individual obstacles to facilitating dialogues. Participants will learn how TST provides a context for students to express their emotions, feel sufficiently safe to come into non-violent conflict, share information, and engage in transformative action on problems that affect them. The main goal is to foster practices that support intergroup collaboration, understanding and interactions.

Charles Rojzman is a renowned French social psychologist, author, and international consultant. He created Transformational Social Therapy twenty years ago as a method for transforming institutions by helping people address the hatred and violence that separate and prevent them from working together. He is the founder and Director of the Charles Rojzman Institute and has done extensive work in resolving intergroup violence and conflicts in France, Rwanda, Chechnya, and Israel. The Institute also provides professional development for facilitators of social therapy groups with trainees in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Russia. A Master's degree in TST is offered at the University of Paris X and is in development at the University of Bolzano, Italy. In addition, Rojzman is a prolific author and co-author of nine books, several book chapters, and over 40 articles. Several of his books have been translated into other languages. For more information on Charles Rojzman and the Charles Rojzman Institute, please click here to visit his webpage.

Co-Sponsored with the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership and Urban Education Program of the College of Education.

To register, please go the TLC website and select Learning to Teach without Fear.