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NCORE Webinar Series

Managing Difficult Conversations and Dynamics in the Classroom: An Interactive Workshop


Recorded October 20, 2021  |  Captions and sign language interpretation provided. 

105 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar



Webinar Description:

Join the award winning University of Oregon graduate student theater troupe "Rehearsals for Life" for a lively and interactive session about how we can facilitate conversations that emerge in our classrooms around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and disability. When we hear statements or witness situations that we don't know how to handle, we often walk away feeling bad that we didn't do better. Despite socially conscious aspirations, instructors often struggle in determining the best ways to confront difficult issues like oppression and privilege in the classroom. Through interactive scenarios we will explore what it means to live at a time when cross-cultural interactions are increasing and intervention expectations are changing. In this workshop participants will explore innovative and interactive ways to have difficult campus dialogues and practice interrupting oppression in their professional lives; gaining skills to construct welcoming spaces as course instructors and professionals in their fields. Together we will explore multiple ways to respond to difficult discussions, addressing the complex challenges that face faculty across disciplines. 


Rehearsals for Life Graduate Student Theatre Troupe at NCORE 2019:

Rehearsals for Life players     Rehearsals for Life players




presenter Abigail Leeder

Abigail Leeder, MA, Director of Experiential Prevention Initiatives at the University of Oregon

In this role Abigail Leeder directs Rehearsals for Life, a graduate student theatre ensemble that addresses issues of equity and inclusion on campus and beyond. She presents and consults nationally on applied theatre as a tool for prevention initiatives on college campuses and is deeply committed to exploring her own social identities and developing educational programs to examine and deconstruct "whiteness". Abigail is trained as a drama therapist and has published articles on her work using drama therapy with incarcerated women, theatre as a tool for social action in higher education, and for personal growth and empowerment for women.