2017-18 Faculty Spotlight Series – Opening Presentation – Wednesday – Oct. 4

The 2017-18 Faculty Spotlight series will kick off on Wednesday, Oct. 4, with a presentation by Dr. Pamela Cappas-Toro who will speak on Teaching a Gendered Language in a Maximum Security Men’s Prison: Curricular Approaches to Learning Spanish and Latin American Studies

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
Time: 12 p.m.- 1 p.m. (light lunch served at 11:30 a.m.)
Location: Lynn Business Center Boardroom – 213

All are welcome!

Teaching a Gendered Language in a Maximum Security Men’s Prison: Curricular Approaches to Learning Spanish and Latin American Studies

In this presentation, Dr. Pamela Cappas-Toro will reflect on the challenges of building community in a Spanish language course taught in the summer of 2017 at the Tomoka Correctional Institution. Along with insights from two incarcerated co-instructors of the course, Antonio Rosas and Ken Smith, we interrogate how “explicit knowledge,” such as curriculum, content development, and socio-linguistic training in Spanish, is created, shaped, and negotiated in a maximum security prison. This language acquisition instruction was modeled after Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy, embracing strategies meant to further conditions necessary for self-conscientization, empowerment, and humanization. Nonetheless, we encountered many barriers—both expected and unexpected—that limited our ability to meet our goals. Our presentation will highlight lessons learned from this experience, exploring both practical advice concerning co-teaching, as well as sharing how language instruction can be an unanticipated site of tension when gender or sexual norms are challenged in the prison classroom.

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Dr. Pamela Cappas-ToroAssistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures (Spanish), was born and raised in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Dr. Cappas-Toro earned her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Texas in San Antonio (2006) and a Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2013).  At Stetson University, Cappas-Toro teaches Spanish language, Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cultures, Latino/a studies, and is developing courses in Portuguese and Brazilian studies as well. Cappas-Toro’s passion for social justice, community engagement and commitment to undergraduate education guide her efforts as the director of La Plaza Comunitaria Latina at Stetson University; a program that creates bridges between Stetson University’s classrooms and our Latino/a communities.

Faculty Spotlight Series

The Faculty Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry, and other scholarly engagement to the campus community. Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Save the dates:
Wednesdays
Location: LBC 213 Boardroom

Date: Oct. 18:  12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch 11:30 a.m.)
Presenter: Holley E. Lynch
Title:  Can Geometry Explain Tissue Spreading?

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Date:  Nov. 1:  12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch 11:30 a.m.)
Presenter: Terence Farrell
Title:  Pigmy Rattlesnakes and the People Who Study Them

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Date:  Nov. 15: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch 11:30 a.m.)
Presenter: Kelly Hall and Randall Croom
Title:  TBD

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Date: Dec. 6: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch 11:30 a.m.)
Presenter: Benjamin Tanner
Title: Frequent forest fires evident in mud core records from isolated wetlands in the longleaf pine sandhills of the Ocala National Forest

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Date:  Feb. 7: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (lunch 1:00 p.m.)
Presenter: Michael Eskenazi
Title: What does Covfefe mean? Factors that influence Lexical Acquisition in Skilled Adult Readers

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Date: Feb. 21: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch 11:30 a.m.)

Presenter: Dengke Chen
Title:
Preserving Miao Cultural Heritage: A Virtual Reconstruction and Retrofit of a typical Diao Jiao House

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Date: March 21: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch 11:30 a.m.)

Presenter: Song Gao
Title: Impact of Pollution Sources on Air Quality in Central Florida

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Date: April 4: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch 11:30 a.m.)

Presenter: Carol Azab
Title:  TBD

For more information, please visit our website: Brown Center/Faculty Spotlight Series