Keynote — Social Media as a Tool for Inclusive Teaching: Creative Approaches to Difficult Dialogues
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Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University
Social media are often blamed for distracting our students and shortening attention spans, but educators should take a second look. In her presentation on using social media to extend the boundaries of the classroom, Georgetown University historian Marcia Chatelain will discuss how she has been able to tackle difficult dialogue in her classes with the help of digital platforms. Chatelain will also talk about #FergusonSyllabus, the Twitter campaign she launched in August 2014 to organize academics to respond to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.
Chatelain, a historian active in social media, organized her fellow scholars in a social media response to the 2014 crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, titled #FergusonSyllabus. #FergusonSyllabus has led to similar initiatives online and has shaped curricular projects in K-12 settings as well as academia.
Chatelain is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University. She grew up in Chicago and authored South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration. She frequently speaks on food justice, social justice, and inclusive teaching. She will be a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year.
To learn more, you can follow her on Twitter: @DrMChatelain.