Faculty Panel

AB Brown

Colby College, Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance

AB is a transdisciplinary performance artist, writer, and performance studies scholar. Their practice encompasses solo performance, installation, devising, and community-oriented work. Their teaching situates these practices within critical theory and social justice to collectively explore the potential for embodied knowledge to imagine, rehearse, and enact more critical ways of being in the world.

Clarisa Pérez-Armendáriz

Bates College, Associate Professor of Politics and Chair of Latin American Studies

Clarisa’s research explores how international migration affects politics in migrants’ origin countries, especially in Mexico. She is particularly interested in how social connections with immigrants living abroad influence the political attitudes and behaviors of individuals who remain in origin countries. She also studies how migrants who return to their origin countries interact with those countries’ governing institutions. Clarisa teaches courses in comparative politics, US-Latin American relations, international migration, and research methods.

Jayanthi Selinger

Bowdoin College, Associate Professor of Asian Studies

Vyjayanthi Ratnam Selinger is a scholar of Japanese literature and culture. Born and raised in India, she moved to the United States to pursue doctoral work in Japanese literature and culture. Her research examines literary representations of conflict in medieval Japan, using conflict as the key node to examine war memory, legal and ritual constaints on war, Buddhist mythmaking, and women in war. At Bowdoin College, her courses range from medieval to modern topics, including Japanese animation, samurai culture, monster culture, and Japanese WWII memory.

Our three panelists will address questions such as:

  1. How will you get to know your students this semester?
  2. How are you thinking about creating learning communities that attend to the emotional life of students (academics, health/wellness, world events)?
  3. How have you and might you this semester attend to your own emotional life and well-being?
  4. How do you teach with compassion and create boundaries, structures, and/or processes to make it sustainable?
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