The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 7th, 2015
For scholars of African-American studies, the police killings of
unarmed black men in several cities over the past year have been
personally searing and unusually powerful pedagogically.
"It’s tragic and terrible that these things keep happening," said
Amani T. Marshall, a lecturer in history at Georgia State University,
"but as a historian and a teacher, it makes my job so easy."
But making educational use of high-profile events in the news can
also present pitfalls. Students can respond unpredictably, derailing
class discussions. Faculty members often find they’ve let loose a flood
of contradictory feelings in their students that they must expertly
guide. Many professors of color must cope with similar emotions