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    Skinning the Drum

    Teaching about Diversity as "Other"

    Leswin Laubscher and Susan Powell
    In this article, Leswin Laubscher and Susan Powell explore their experiences as professors who teach about difference and are themselves considered "different" or "other." The authors describe how society and their students perceive them, and illustrate the unique pedagogical opportunities that their course offers them and their primarily White, able-bodied, and socioeconomically advantaged students to struggle not only with the theory, but also with the experience, of "difference." The authors proceed from the premise that the professor marked by difference, and who teaches about that difference, is not just teaching an academic course but is also articulating his or her life experience and self. The authors emphasize how difference is embodied in the classroom, how students respond to this difference, and the costs and benefits to educators marked as other who strive to facilitate students' self-exploration, growth, and commitment to social justice. (pp. 203-224)

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    Summer 2003 Issue

    Abstracts

    Developing Cultural Fluency
    Arab and Jewish Students Engaging in One Another's Company
    Jocelyn Anne Glazier
    Special Education's Changing Identity
    Paradoxes and Dilemmas in Views of Culture and Space
    Alfredo J. Artiles
    Skinning the Drum
    Teaching about Diversity as "Other"
    Leswin Laubscher and Susan Powell

    Book Notes

    Crossing Over to Canaan
    By Gloria Ladson-Billings

    Touching Eternity
    By Tom Barone