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When Race Breaks Out

Conversations about Race and Racism in College Classrooms – 3rd Revised edition

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Helen Fox

The third revised edition of "When Race Breaks Out" is a guide for college and high school teachers who want to promote honest and informed conversations about race and racism. Based on the author's personal practice and interviews with students and faculty from a variety of disciplines, this book combines personal memoirs, advice, teaching ideas, and lively classroom vignettes. A unique insideräs guide to the salient ideas, definitions, and opinions about race helps instructors answer students' questions and anticipate their reactions, both to the material and to each other. An extensive annotated bibliography of articles, books, and videos with recommendations for classroom use is included.

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Chapter 8: Exercises, Assignments, and Advice

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· 8 · exercises, assignments, and advice This chapter and the one that follows, “Annotated Resources and More Ideas for Assignments and Discussions,” give you texts, videos, exercises, and dis- cussion topics to promote deeper, more intelligent conversations about race in your classrooms. Many are suitable for a wide variety of classroom contexts; others can be modified to suit your class size, subject matter, and time con- straints. Some of the advice may seem obvious—until you challenge yourself to put it into practice. As in earlier chapters, I sometimes use the voices of students and instructors to provide a rationale for the approach I advocate. A summary of all my advice can be found at the end of this chapter. Setting the Tone Model sensitive intercultural interaction In most of my classes, there are only a few students of my ethnicity. Professors don’t seem to know I’m there and students don’t bother to say hello to anyone who doesn’t look like them. They probably wonder why I’m quiet in class discussion, or why I hang out with my Korean friends after class. I just don’t feel particularly welcome. I have come to realize that it is the sense of nobodiness that makes me so sad and frightened sometimes. —Korean undergraduate 110 when race breaks out Make everyone feel as welcome in your classroom as you would in your own home. Learn how to pronounce unfamiliar names by asking, with a smile, “Could you tell me your name again? I’d really like...

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