Season 2 Episode 3

In this episode, Ungrading, Anne and Steve discuss Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) edited by Susan Blum.

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From Google Books:

The moment is right for critical reflection on what has been assumed to be a core part of schooling. In Ungrading, fifteen educators write about their diverse experiences going gradeless. Some contributors are new to the practice and some have been engaging in it for decades. Some are in humanities and social sciences, some in STEM fields. Some are in higher education, but some are the K-12 pioneers who led the way. Based on rigorous and replicated research, this is the first book to show why and how faculty who wish to focus on learning, rather than sorting or judging, might proceed. It includes honest reflection on what makes ungrading challenging, and testimonials about what makes it transformative.

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Episode 25

Episode 25: From a Performative to a Collaborative Mode

In this episode, From a Performative to a Collaborative mode, Anne and Steve are joined by Rufus Burnett, Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University, who shares his thoughts about theology, teaching and the Blues.

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Show Notes

On Keri Day

Religious Resistance to Neoliberalism: Womanist and Black Feminist Perspectives
In her own words (from about 34:00 to 56:00)


On Bessie Smith and other Blues Themes Books: Daphne Duval Harrison, Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s

Rufus Burnett, Decolonizing Revelation: A Spatial Reading of the Blues

Preaching the Blues -by Bessie Smith

Prove it on Me Blues – by Ma Rainey

Episode 24

In this episode, Working for Change Anne and Steve are joined by Diontay Santiago, from Fordham University’s class of 2021. He is the current president of the Black Student Alliance, Asili and a Student Fellow in the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer at Fordham University. He shares his thoughts about his commitment to greater diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Episode 23

Episode 23: Cyber Hygiene

In this episode, Cyber Hygiene, Anne and Steve are joined by Jason Benedict, Associate Vice President for IT and Chief Information Security Officer at Fordham University who shares his thoughts about data securing yourself and your data while teaching and learning online.

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Show Notes

Fordham Secure IT: Information Security News

Fordham IT Information Security

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Episode 21

Episode 21: Community Engagement

In this episode, Community Engagement, Anne and Steve are joined by Julie Gafney, Director of Administration and Academic Development at the Center for Community Engaged Learning at Fordham University, who shares her thoughts about the importance of mindfulness, deliberation and collaboration when engaging with the community.

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Show Notes

The Center for Community Engaged Learning at Fordham University

 Cultivating Answerable Partnerships October 29 2020 5:00 PM This collaborative workshop builds on Leigh Patel’s (2016) conceptualization of answerability in educational and community-based research. We focus on how scholar-partners can work with immigrant and vulnerable communities in ways that “foreground questions of what and whom to be answerable to” (p. 5).

Episode 20

Episode 20: Oral History

In this episode, Oral History, Anne and Steve are joined by Marl Naison, Professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University, who shares his thoughts about the importance of personal narratives, the rich and vibrant culture of the Bronx and the importance of connecting with students.

Show Notes

An NYT article featuring Mark Naison

The Bronx African American History Project

Bronx COVID-19 Oral History Site

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Episode 19

Episode 19: The Physical Plant and the People Who Maintain It

In this episode, The Physical Plant and the People Who Maintain It, Anne and Steve are joined by Marco Valera, Vice President of Administration, who shares his experiences about readying the campuses for Fall 2020.  

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Show Notes

NPR stories on MERV-13 air filters

Technical resources on air filtration