Friday, July 9, 2021

TOPIC 1: Measurable and Immeasurable: How conceptions and images of poverty affect our students

Guests on Friday, July 9

Arlene Torres, Associate Professor of Africana, Puerto Rican & Latino Studies, Hunter College
Helen Saldanha, Community Leader and Former Executive Co-Director, Vivat International, NYC
Linda Sama, Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, Joseph F. Adams Professor of Management and Executive Director, Center for Global Business Stewardship, St. John’s University, NY
Moderator: Mahatapa Palit

Schedule (in outline)
Friday, July 9 — 9am – 2pm

9:009:15Greetings and check-in with Faculty Fellows
9:1510:15Presentation by Arlene Torres
10:1511:15Presentation by Helen Saldanha
11:3012:30Presentation by Linda Sama
12:301:00Lunch Break
1:002:00Round table discussion with all participants


On Friday guest speakers Torres, Saldanha, and Sama will give presentations and all participants will engage in discussion of readings, presentations, and key questions. On Tuesday Fellows and Team will continue to reflect on Topic 1 and will participate in a pedagogy workshop facilitated by Institute co-directors Palit and Warren. Small groups will consider one resource and imagine how they might incorporate it into their teaching.

Key Question

  • How is poverty defined and who is counted as poor?
  • How do we and our students face/interact with poverty?
  • What does it mean to “fight” poverty?
  • How does education in the humanities support people in their fight against poverty?
  • How do different texts express dimensions of poverty?
  • What do we want to achieve by teaching about poverty?

Topic 1 – Required Readings and Resources

Initials in parentheses indicate the name of the Guest Speaker who is requiring each reading.


Topic 1 – Additional Readings and Resources Folder

Navigate to topic 1 for an evolving list of readings and resources, links, and (when possible & time-permitting, downloadable pdfs and documents)