Upcoming Events

Spring 2019

How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Intersect in the Classroom: Conversations with Anita Davis, the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Trinity

Please come join Anita for a series of divisional conversations about faculty experiences in the classroom. These conversations during the common hour aim to address broad questions, such as:

  • How do faculty think about issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the classroom?
  • What types of support do faculty and/or students need that are connected to DEI matters in the classroom?

Common Hour Tuesday, January 29, Rittenberg Lounge – Conversation with the Natural Sciences

Common Hour Thursday, January 31, Dangremond Family Commons –Conversation with Arts

Common Hour Tuesday, February 5, Dangremond Family Commons –Conversation with the Humanities

Common Hour Thursday February 14, Dangremond Family Commons –Conversation with the Social Sciences


Engaging the Whole Reader: “Active Latin” as a bridge between student and text

Monday, January 28, 5-7 pm, Reese Room, Smith House

What does it take to become a reader of a language? What does it take to become a reader of Latin in particular, and how can we create environments and tasks that help learners become comfortable, skilled, joyful Latin readers? Join Justin Slocum Bailey to consider these questions and to experience an array of research-informed, classroom-tested pedagogical techniques and tasks that build toward Latin literacy from day one of instruction.

A longtime Latin teacher raised in Vienna, Austria, Justin Slocum Bailey trains teachers and designs programs for schools, districts, universities, publishers, and non-profits worldwide.  His methods display kindness, humor, and outside-the-box thinking. His experience in the United States ranges from small liberal arts colleges, to Ivy League universities and large state universities.  His outreach extends from storied private schools to the institutions in the poorest districts in the country. You can find Justin’s bio at indwellinglanguage.com/about/justin-slocum-bailey This event is sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and the Classical Association of New England.


An Evening Open Discussion of Alice Dreger, Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice (Paperback, Penguin, 2016)

Tuesday, March 26th 7 pm, Room 1823, dinner provided 

Over the fall 2018, the CTL and TIIS supported a book group that read and discussed Greg Lukianoff’s and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Penguin, 2018).  The discussants generated a spirited critique of this book while expressing a desire to enlarge the conversation around intellectual discomfort, censorship, and the value of facts.  Following a suggestion made by the group, the CTL proposes an evening conversation on Galileo’s Middle Finger, Alice Dreger’s account of scientific controversy in the past and the present day.  Dreger’s book explores science, ethics, and social activism, and argues for the delicate but fundamental tie between truth and justice.  Dreger is a professor of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University.

The evening’s discussion will be informal.  It has no agenda beyond widening the fall’s conversation.  It will begin with a light dinner.  Please RSVP with Melinda McKeown by March 1.  Let us know if purchasing the book presents a financial hardship.  We will supply a copy to you.

CTL Fellows Presentations, Common Hour, Dangremond Family Commons


Everyday Lives, Real World Problems

How to use artifacts, problems, and texts from everyday life to enhance student learning and to promote critical thinking. We will explore how these ideas can be applied to mathematical modeling, basic economic principles, American political thought, and Italian design.

Presenters: Carol Clark, Dario Del Puppo, Mary Dudas, and Lauren Lazarus


Backin’ it up, Slowin’ it Down and Takin’ it Apart

These CTL presentations report on four attempts at employing pedagogical practices focused on different ways to encourage students to take charge of their own learning and develop portable practices by helping them to breakdown their writing, research, problem solving, class discussion and reading.

Presenters: Janet Bauer, Molly Helt, Kevin Huang, and Diane Zannoni


Pedagogies of Empathy

Helping Students to Evaluate and Question Power Structures through Literature, Film, Role Play, & Podcasting Each of our projects challenges students to engage with the stories (and histories) of others to inspire research, explore subjectivities, and create knowledges. From different disciplinary frameworks, we use empathy both to cultivate student awareness of power structures and to affectively explore what it’s like to navigate these structures. Collectively, our goal is for students to question these structures by critically reflecting on their own positionality.

Presenters: Diana Aldrete, Lauren Caldwell and Nicholas Marino