Art History PhD students Sonia Dixon, Britt Hunter, and Sarah Mathiesen are co-chairing and presenting a panel at the (virtual) 3rd annual Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching Symposium put on by DIRECTO at Florida State University. Each will present a 15-minute talk followed by a Q&A session in their panel “Beyond Theory: Decolonized Practices for the Cultural Heritage and Humanities Classroom” on Thursday, September 17.
The panel will present practical applications for decolonized approaches to teaching introductory cultural heritage and humanities courses that serve a range of students, including non-majors. These broad surveys have traditionally been dominated by Ameri-Eurocentric narratives that privilege the perspectives, scholarship, and art of white men. The panelists propose tangible strategies based on decolonial theory that create more equitable classrooms through diversified syllabuses, globally focused content, and meaningful assignments that develop real-world skills.