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Teaching in Outrageous Times: Vipassana Practice and the Pedagogical Power of Anger

Cathryn Bailey


In this reflection piece, I draw on my own experiences, as a progressive professor grounded in awareness practices, to explore some of the pedagogical facets of anger. Due to some deeply held Western assumptions associated with race and gender, I suggest, anger generally continues to be under appreciated and underestimated. I sketch out an alternative, constructive role that anger has begun to play in my own teaching and point to similar strategies and understandings that might be useful to others.


Engaged Pedagogy; Vispassana Practice; Mindful Teaching

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