Panel Previews: Teaching After Ferguson

As the unofficial counter-conference of #MLA16, we’re excited to continue the fight for alternative professional, social, and political possibilities for ourselves and our fellow workers in 2016. To give you a better idea of what to look forward to at the third annual MLA Subconference, we’ll be highlighting each conference panel on our blog over the course of the next month. The first panel of the conference is sure to provide a rich forum for discussing racism and state violence in relation to higher education.


In the wake of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Eric Garner’s death in NYC, Tony Robinson’s death in Madison, Freddie Gray’s death in Baltimore, the AME shootings in Charleston, the death of Sandra Bland, the death of Laquan McDonald in Chicago, and the murders of so many other African Americans at the hands of the police, what are we as teachers and activists to do? How can we address and counter racist police violence inside and outside of the classroom? These are some of the central questions that instructors Julia Dauer and Christine Walsh wish to discuss during the first panel of the 2016 MLA Subconference.


In order to address these questions and concerns, the organizers of this panel would like to aggregate helpful resources. A list of preliminary resources might include:



Likewise, the panelists will invite everybody in attendance to pool experiences, share challenges, and consider strategies to address these challenges.  After the session, the panel organizers will make a list of accumulated resources and contacts available online.


Since the MLA Subconference is a participatory space, attendees should feel free to come prepared with questions, experiences, and/or resources, to name a few possibilities. The panelists have suggested the following questions for discussion:

  • Which strategies can we use to frame conversations about contemporary racist violence with our students?

  • What resources are readily available for instructors and activists?

  • How do we understand these conversations as “public” and/or “private”?


If you’d like, please email Julia Dauer (julia.dauer[a] or Christine Walsh (walshc[a] with topics, questions, ideas, and resources, or just show up to the session ready to participate in the broader conversation.


Panel: “Teaching After Ferguson in Public/Private Classrooms” with Julia Dauer and Christine Walsh

Date: Wednesday January 6, 2016

Time: 9:30 – 11 am

And, don’t forget to arrive a little early, grab a coffee, and have some breakfast with your fellow Subconistas!