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I. Pedagogy Toward Refusal

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 May 2021

Joseph Flipper*
Affiliation:
Bellarmine University

Abstract

Recognizing that thousands of people of color have suffered the many brutalities of racism, the editorial staff of Horizons marks the somber first anniversary of the tragic murder of George Floyd (May 25, 2020) with a pedagogical roundtable considering the possibility or impossibility of teaching antiracism in colleges and universities.

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Pedagogical Roundtable
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Horizons , Volume 48 , Issue 1 , June 2021 , pp. 155 - 171
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Copyright © College Theology Society, 2021

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1 In this article, I am inspired by and specifically indebted to the work of Sandy Grande on pedagogy, refusal, and sustaining Indigenous education.

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8 For example, Edmund T. Gordon created the Racial Geography Tour of the University of Texas at Austin, which highlights the ways in which the land and buildings of the university are implicated in a history of race. See https://racialgeographytour.org.

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