Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Spring Teaching Forum

The Spring Teaching Forum brings together all members of the Yale community (faculty, staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students) to engage in a discussion on a particular theme related to teaching and learning for one day each spring.


2020 Forum Cancelled

Do you have questions about how to approach difficult topics in an era of polarized politics? Is your department working on ways to make classes more inclusive in order to support a more diverse university community? Are you revamping your curriculum to respond to changing cultural attitudes? Do you want to help students connect what they learn in the classroom with their civic and political lives?

Join us for an extended conversation about what it means to be inclusive at an elite institution in a time of cultural crisis. Our aim is to facilitate lively discussion that we hope will continue long past the event. Participants will find out how these critical challenges are being addressed in Yale’s classrooms and think deeply about their own role in these changes. We welcome everyone, since we all help make Yale more inclusive: faculty, graduate students, postdocs, undergraduates, and staff members

The keynote speakers will discuss the politics of the university from the point of view of the sciences and the humanities. The cross-disciplinary faculty panel to follow will explore particular questions about inclusive teaching, difficult conversations, curricular revision, and student activism.

Keynote speakers:

Valerie Horsley, Maxine F. Singer Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Roderick Ferguson, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Panel speakers:

Edward Cooke: Charles F Montgomery Professor, History of Art and Professor of American Studies
Bryan Garsten: Professor, Political Science and the Humanities and Chair of the Humanities Program
Samantha Lin: Lecturer, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Forum Schedule

8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Keynote Speakers
10:30 Faculty panel
12:00 Lunch and discussion
12:45 Final Remarks

We look forward to seeing you there! Please register via Yale Connect and indicate whether you will join us for lunch.

For more information, please contact Suzanne Young.