In this interview, poet and LGBTQIA activist Minnie Bruce Pratt shares the development of her pedagogy as a new teacher, the connections between her classroom practices and the women’s liberation movement, and some of the assignments she teaches to help people understand themselves. Paradoxically, Pratt offers both a reminder of the limitations of the classroom as a site for change and specific classroom practices and assignments that thoughtfully enact a pedagogy developed from her life’s work for liberation.
The Limitations of Liberation in the Classroom: Lessons from Minnie Bruce Pratt
Kate Navickas is director of the Cornell writing centers and teaches in the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University. She is currently coediting a forthcoming collection on affect and writing program administration titled The Things We Carry: Strategies for Recognizing and Negotiating Emotional Labor in Writing Program Administration. As a contributor to the anthology, Navickas explores the relationship between emotional labor and disciplinary narratives informing the transition from graduate school into administration.
Kate Navickas; The Limitations of Liberation in the Classroom: Lessons from Minnie Bruce Pratt. Pedagogy 1 January 2020; 20 (1): 49–58. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-7879018
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