Leading the Way through Team Teaching Seminars

In Fall 2016, the interdisciplinary seminar, Justice and Rights Movements: Let Them Lead the Way, examined the theory and praxis of peace, civil and human rights interventions as enacted primarily by young people in movements of social transformation. The course reviewed methods of protest, from music and art to boycotts and marches, as well as alliances and coalitions that have been formed in “cultures of peace” on a global scale. From marching in the civil rights movements to calls for nuclear disarmament, the seminar highlights the participation of and the effects on of children and youth through studying their agency and activities in “leading the way.”

Together, as teachers, Professors Joyce Apsel (Global Liberal Studies) and Michael Dinwiddie (Gallatin School of Individualized Study) used a range of pedagogical approaches from musical selections linked with class themes to working with students to create an online Peace Trail of major sites in New York City. Students also visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture and, back on campus, met Reverend Jim Lawson, in addition to other co-curricular excursions. By teaching this engaged, diverse group of students about social movements at a remarkably relevant moment in history, they felt that the course was truly unparalleled to any of their previous experiences.

“We were very fortunate that in this semester we had Reverend Jim Lawson, one of the founders of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), come and give a workshop on nonviolent resistance. He trained Martin Luther King — it was really comprehensive for our students to get a sense of the ways in which you can be involved.”

Michael Dinwiddie, Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study

“[At Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, DC] there was a man in his 70s from the community that spoke for about 15 minutes and gave an oral history, which was really compelling. That kind of experience is something that students are not going to forget.”

Joyce Apsel, Clinical Professor, Global Liberal Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Each year, the Center for the Humanities sponsors Team-Teaching stipends for full-time faculty in the humanities and arts at NYU. The program is designed to foster creative, dynamic, and innovative teaching across humanistic disciplines, in the interest of generating new courses and pedagogies. The Center offers these stipends for faculty to assist with the costs associated with course development and implementation.

Please see the Team-Teaching Stipends webpage for additional information and instructions on how to apply. The application deadline is January 29th, 2018. It is expected that the proposed course will be offered during spring or fall of the following year, and will count as one full course toward their normal teaching load for that semester. Note that the Center requests that each Team-Teaching initiative have two faculty members with different areas of expertise in one department and preference is given to proposals which bring together colleagues and, importantly, students, from different departments, disciplines, and schools.

Current Team-Teaching courses include: Decolonizing Vision (Fall 2017) and  Islamic Spain in a Global Context (Spring 2018). Want to know more about past recipients? Find their group details here.