Reading Circle: “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom” (July 15 & Aug. 5, 6–7 p.m.)

This summer, CATL is supporting faculty and staff-led reading circles—book discussions that are open to the campus community—and Tracy Fernandez Rysavy (English) will be leading one on bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom! Participants will meet via Zoom on Thursday, July 15, and Thursday, Aug. 5 from 6–7 p.m. to discuss our thoughts on the book. There are a limited number of physical copies of the book available on a first-come, first-served basis; however, all that wish to participate will also have access to the e-book through the UWGB libraries. 

Book cover for Teaching to Transgress

Description from the back of the book: 

In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks—writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual—writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom.  Teaching students to “transgress” against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher’s most important goal.

bell hooks speaks to the heart of education today: how can we rethink teaching practices in the age of multiculturalism? What do we do about teachers who do not want to teach, and students who do not want to learn? How should we deal with racism and sexism in the classroom? 

Full of passion and politics, Teaching to Transgress combines a practical knowledge of the classroom with a deeply felt connection to the world of emotions and feelings.  This is the rare book about teachers and students that dares to raise questions about eros and rage, grief and reconciliation, and the future of teaching itself. 

“To educate as the practice of freedom,” writes bell hooks, “is a way of teaching anyone can learn.” Teaching to Transgress is the record of one gifted teacher’s struggle to make classrooms work. 

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