Learn at Lunch

Held monthly during the academic year, the Learn at Lunch series presents informal seminars on a variety of topics related to inclusion, social justice, and equity.

Everyone is welcome to bring their lunch and join the conversation.


Upcoming Seminars for 2017








Past Seminars

Being an Ally When You're in the Majority

February 24, 2017
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Akers Hall, Room 133

Moderator: Nicole Namy, Office of International Studens and Scholars


  • Jeanne Gazel, Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (MRULE-ICA)
  • Tome Jeitschko, Department of Economics
  • Naoko Wake, Lyman Briggs College and Department of History

Participants will hear a range of perspectives and experiences from faculty who consistently advocate for those across the margins of difference in their personal and professional lives. They will also have the opportunity to discuss ways in which they can become more active and intentional advocates themselves.

Academic Freedom v Ideology in the Classroom

February 3, 2017
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Erickson Hall, Room 222

Moderator: Eric Freedman, School of Journalism


  • Joe Darden, Geography
  • Amy Derogatis, Religious Studies
  • Jenifer Fenton, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Panelists will provide a range of perspectives on teaching and discussing controversial topics in the classroom, as these relate to faculty vulnerability and the potential for curriculum to become politicized (or viewed as such). Where is the line between academic freedom and ideology? Is there a line? Does that line move? Is it expected to move? Participants will have the opportunity to engage in this timely discussion. 

Facilitating Difficult Dialogues

October 13, 2016
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Natural Sciences, Room 304

Moderator: Jessica Garcia, Office for Inclusion and Department of Sociology


  • Austin Dorell Jackson, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
  • Gerald Urquhart, Lyman Briggs College and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Participants will learn effective strategies for facilitating difficult dialogues on current social and cultural issues in the classroom (e.g. climate change, stem cell research, politics, and racism). Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss ongoing issues in the classroom related to this topic and problem-solve with colleagues.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Academic Advancement Network


Check back for additional workshops.