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SECAC at CAA 2020


Wednesday, February 12, 2020: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM, Continental B (Hilton Chicago)
Session Chair: Augusta Rose Toppins, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Session Description:
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Session Abstract
In Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks positioned the classroom as a place of possibility, where we “demand of ourselves and our comrades an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries.” To hooks, education is “the practice of freedom.”

Academic programs committed to equity and inclusion create opportunities for historically underrepresented students while cultivating learning communities in which diverse people imagine the world of tomorrow. Commitment to equity and inclusion is an intentional and continually active process in which faculty and administration take responsibility for accommodating social differences including race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, and religion. Inclusive programs in art and design represent broad perspectives in contemporary practice, historical understandings, and critical discourse while encouraging respectful dialogue and collaboration. Equity and inclusion are not discretionary aspects of an arts education but intrinsic to excellence. According to AAC&U, it is necessary for equity-minded programs to recognize inequities in student success and build organic practices that lead to sustained change.

This session welcomes papers that offer innovative strategies for integrating equity and inclusion in the classroom. How might our teaching practices in art, art history, or design contribute to an inclusive learning environment that moves education closer to a true practice of freedom? How do we merge the transferable skills of empathy and compassion with training in the visual arts through curricular or extra-curricular activities? How do we reflect on our work and measure success?

Requirements of presenters:
· SECAC membership at time of presentation
· Members of CAA by January 1, 2020
· CAA conference registration

SECAC at CAA 2019 Session

Below the Mason-Dixon Line: Artists and Historians Considering the South

Friday, February 15, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
New York Hilton Midtown - Rendezvous Trianon

Session Chair:
Rachel E. Stephens, University of Alabama

Between Two Worlds: Portrait of William McIntosh, Southern Slave Owner and Lower Creek Chief
Naomi Hood Slipp, Auburn University at Montgomery

Where You Come From is Gone: Reinhabiting the Ruins of the Native South
Catherine J. Wilkins, University of South Florida & Jared Ragland, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Louisiana Trail Riders
Jeremiah A. Ariaz, Louisiana State University

Menace and Glory: An Artist Comes to Grips with the South’s Checkered Past
Kristin M. Casaletto, Augusta University

Nostos Algos: A Collaboration about Return
Nell Gottlieb, Artist

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SECAC at CAA 2019 Business Meeting
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
New York Hilton Midtown - Bryant Suite

SECAC Representative to CAA:
Jason Guynes, University of Alabama