Writing museum labels or web content for a public audience requires a mastery of the ideas that permit the author to be both brief and dense, specific but jargon-free. So what about teaching students to do it? What does it look like to teach students to communicate complex topics in art and science to a broad public audience?
In this panel discussion, Mead Art Museum’s Head of Education Emily Potter-Ndiaye will moderate a conversation with Professors Chris Durr (chemistry) and Dwight Carey (architectural studies and art history) to hear more about their recent student projects in public-facing writing and the pedagogies that support it. What does this look like for topics that normally require a deep base of background knowledge? What is specific to the discipline, universal across the curriculum? Where did their best efforts fall flat? And what do they take from the process as educators and scholars? Participants are welcome and encouraged to come with notes from their own practice to add to the discussion.
What do justice and healing look like in these times?
Marking the launch of Amherst College’s Center for Restorative Practices, Dr. Davis’ talk will review the origins and fundamentals of restorative justice, while addressing its intersection with racial justice in this historical moment of George Floyd, white nationalism, COVID-19, economic disaster and climate catastrophe. She will also discuss today’s unprecedented anti-racist awakening and the consequential truth and reparations initiatives bubbling up across the nation. Dr. Davis is the author of The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice.