Jessica Jones and #MeToo: The Pressure to Report (IGSSC Oct 6, 2018)

I gave two papers at UCO’s Gender and Sexuality Studies conference this year, having found two Netflix shows worthy of discussion. Little did I know that this conference and this paper would coincide with the Brett Kavenaugh confirmation hearings and thus become doubly triggering and relevant in equal measures. Writing such a paper as a survivor of assault during the current political climate has been … Continue reading Jessica Jones and #MeToo: The Pressure to Report (IGSSC Oct 6, 2018)

Transphobic Feminism in Mass Media: Netflix’s La Mante

The following is one of my presentations for the UCO International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference 2018. I was introduced to this show by a student who found it while conducting one of her required cultural activities for Elementary French I. I watched excitedly, recommending the show to friends, colleagues, and students alike. I then learned a valuable lesson: don’t recommend a show until you’ve … Continue reading Transphobic Feminism in Mass Media: Netflix’s La Mante

Post-Study Tour Reflections: Now It’s My Turn

Having now returned from my internship with the Uganda leadership study tour, I want to reflect on the experience, not as a traveler, but as an educator. So rather than focus on what I learned as a participant alongside the students (which is a considerable amount!), I want to discuss what I learned about developing a successful and non-neocolonial (see previous post) study tour in … Continue reading Post-Study Tour Reflections: Now It’s My Turn

Service Learning in Africa (without the neo-colonialism)

On the eve of departure on my first study tour (two weeks in Gulu, Uganda), I would like to discuss some of the difficulties and potential pitfalls of leading students to Africa. As a white American, I am particularly conscious of the myriad of ways I can go wrong in developing such a study tour. Therefore, learning from an experienced leader of these tours who … Continue reading Service Learning in Africa (without the neo-colonialism)

“Le genre hétéro trèèès curieuse” : Biphobia in Le Bleu est une couleur chaude

This post is a talk I gave on September 30, 2017 at the 2nd International Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference in OKC. You can find the accompanying Prezi with the relevant images from both the graphic novel and its film adaptation here.  I particularly enjoyed this conference for the diversity of multidisciplinary presentations and for the supportive, engaged community that attended. I was thrilled that … Continue reading “Le genre hétéro trèèès curieuse” : Biphobia in Le Bleu est une couleur chaude

Denver Comic Con 2017 Educators’ Day (6/30) recap

Energized. That’s the only word to describe how I’m feeling after another day spent surrounded by teachers and curriculum developers bursting with innovative ideas and strategies for using pop culture as a learning tool in classrooms of all levels. This year, I got to share it with fellow Graduate Teacher Program Lead, Kelly (access her  website here and her own recap of DCC here). And geek out … Continue reading Denver Comic Con 2017 Educators’ Day (6/30) recap

The Reason for Alternative Assessment: A Case Study from CU FREN 1200

It’s one thing to study alternative assessment, to watch students flourish with more control and choice over their work, to write about its merits, but it’s quite another to receive an assignment that turns an entire student experience upside-down, simply because they were given a completely different format in which to express their learning. This student, I’ll call them D, struggled all semester. No, that’s … Continue reading The Reason for Alternative Assessment: A Case Study from CU FREN 1200