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Teal Talks

In conjunction with the exhibition at the MSU Museum, “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak,” the Museum is hosting a series of “Teal Talks,” which are facilitated conversations by scholars and advocates about the exhibit and the important issues it raises.

The special exhibit “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” was developed in collaboration with sister survivors and their allies, reflecting on the vast crisis of sexual violence centered on the MSU campus in recent years. Through visual art, poetry, text, and audio installations the exhibit chronicles the survivors’ continuing struggle to call public attention to sexual violence and to promote dignity, healing, and positive transformation. The exhibition is now on display in the Main Gallery at the MSU Museum through March 2020.

October 11, 2019 | Dr. Kyle Greenwalt, College of Education

Kyle Greenwalt is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education. He studies the school curriculum by exploring teacher-student-parent relationships and the factors that have shaped such relationships over time. Motivated by the moral and emotional well being of children, parents and public school teachers, he works with local teachers in the state, coordinating MSU’s secondary social studies teacher preparation program.

Sexual Violence and the K-12 Curriculum
Can we teach about sexual violence in the K-12 curriculum? To answer this question means raising a whole host of other concerns that might be voiced by parents and teachers: Is there time in the school day to discuss such issues given other competing curricular demands? It is developmentally appropriate to discuss such issues? Are teachers adequately prepared to lead discussions of such issues? Do we risk re-traumatizing victims of sexual violence if such discussions are done unskillfully? In this Teal Talk, I will share several ways we might consider this issue, before inviting discussion and sharing on the topic.

Teal Talks will take place on the second Friday of the month from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the MSU Museum in the exhibit, “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak.”

Schedule of Teal Talks:

September 13, 2019 | Dr. Sabrina Ford, College of Human Medicine

October 11, 2019 | Dr. Kyle Greenwalt, College of Education

November 8, 2019 | Dr. Paulette Stenzel, Broad College of Business

January 10, 2020 | Dr. Teresa Mastin, College of Communication Arts and Sciences

March 13, 2020 | Dr. Judith Strunk, College of Nursing

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