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TJ Rogers, Jamie Rigatti, and Melvin the Muppet ponder all things from the world of Magic: the Gathering. Each episode, your hosts will discuss anything and everything related to the world of Magic and will answer listener questions of any kind.
 
Dialogue on Teaching, hosted by Nancy Lynne Westfield, Ph.D., is the monthly podcast of The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Amplifying the Wabash Center’s mission, the podcast focuses upon issues of teaching and learning in theology and religion within colleges, universities and seminaries. The podcast series will feature dialogues with faculty teaching in a wide range of institutional contexts. The conversation will illumine the teaching life.Webinar Produc ...
 
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Like a romantic relationship, our feelings toward Magic have gone through phases. From that first infatuation, to admitting that we "like-like" them, to falling head over heals in love. We share some stories from our past about how we've gotten to where we are now and why, despite everything we say, we still love Magic. Visit the Ponder website Acc…
 
What is trauma and how does trauma affect body, mind, and spirit? Are there different kinds of trauma? Since classrooms are spaces of human interactions, understanding how fear and woundedness affects the teacher and the learner is critical to effective teaching. What classroom practices might lessen the experience of fear, helplessness, voicelessn…
 
What does it mean when scholars of religion are forbidden from teaching about racism? Who is harmed and what problems are created when sophisticated and common-sense approaches to race are part of the curricular experience? In what new ways is tenure necessary for scholars who risk teaching critical race theory? Dr. Finley’s work on whiteness is sp…
 
This week we welcome fellow streamer and friend of the show Garbage Andy to the podcast. As a professional video editor and producer, Andy is bringing his own style, flare, and skills to his stream. What has helped him be so successful in his first year on Twitch? We also ponder why he wears the name "garbage" with pride. Watch Garbage Andy on Twit…
 
The measures of scholarly productivity are often premised upon a life without the distractions of children and family. The challenges of tenure and promotion are amplified for young parents, yet schools seldom support new mothers with policies, procedures, and cultural norms of welcoming and belonging. Too many schools punish, shame, or blame women…
 
A critical challenge during the first years of teaching is defining, forming, and living into a scholarly identity which is healthy, has integrity and is generative for your own scholarly project. This conversation discloses some of the pitfalls and risks when institutions provide little to no mentoring. What does it take to have a common sense and…
 
The most recent earning reports from Hasbro has revealed that Wizards of the Coast and Magic is at the most profitable it's ever been. After a year of drastic change, from the disappearance of large paper events, to the massive promotion of Arena, and the constant sales of Secret Lairs, is this the new way things are? We ponder if Wizards has any r…
 
Conversations on Teaching and Spirituality Series One: Exploring Thurman's The Sound of the Genuine Series One: Episode 2 of 3: Expressions of the Genuine What if hearing the genuine inside yourself requires a quest, a leaving home, or an exploration of the unfamiliar? If you leave home, can you find a home again? Does the genuine come from within …
 
What conditions prepare schools and classrooms for racist and other harmful events? What knowledges are needed to create spaces of compassion, confrontation, and moral accountability? What do students know and what do they need to know when issues of injustice, inequity and transformation must be faced?…
 
Strixhaven is getting all of the attention right now. It's the first week of a new draft format, and Jamie shares how she feels about it. We look at the way the community has been engaging with the set, with promotional videos from the Command Zone and online quizzes that sort us into houses...er...colleges. We also ponder if we're happy with the w…
 
Schools have a lack of preparedness for students and colleagues who are recent immigrants. What theologies inform the practices, policies and procedures of educational institutions concerning support for recent immigrants? What kinds of advocacies are needed in learning communities? When is the stranger not to be considered strange and why is that …
 
It's been a controversial week for Wizards of the Coast, to say the least. From forgetting who their own MPL members are, to cancelling the Arena Early Access program, it's left the Magic community in a tailspin. We ponder what the heck is going and and what the fallout will be. Visit the Ponder website Access the Three Moons Lounge here Ham Fam (2…
 
How are you? The response to this question can be weighty during the COVID 19 pandemic. What we teach can be disturbing. What adjustments in our syllabi and teaching practices might aid in care? What could go wrong while attending to the needs of students? Why are classrooms never to be spaces of therapy?…
 
Seasons of a Teaching Career Series One is entitled Exploring Early Career Issues. The featured speakers of this video series are Leah Payne (Portland Seminary, George Fox University), Roger Nam (Candler School of Theology, Emory University) and Nancy Lynne Westfield (The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion). Common sen…
 
What is at risk for those teachers who teach about the connection between religion, the siege on the Capital Building and racial progress? What kinds of evaluations are levied against the professor whose work is noticed for its impact upon the public? What happens when administrators do not know how to respond to assaults on faculty whose work is c…
 
The votes are in and Twitter has decided via poll who is the cutest Kaldheim critter. Except not really because only Jamie, the Cutie Countess, can make such a decision. She walks us through her bracket and we see how Twitter did. Melvin also exposes a Magic Arena conspiracy that might be about to change how the game is played. Visit the Ponder web…
 
All of us are experiencing the pandemics differently; the shifting and changing varies. Yet, gaging the classroom and the learning by our students is integral. The losses, responses, and disruptions of COVID 19 has dulled skills and left many teachers feeling as if we are simply muddling through. What does it mean to learn to recalibrate? How do we…
 
With his band, Intergalactic Mystery, needing another member, Tommy is searching the galaxy great musicians. He has landed on Earth to take some time off and interview local rocker, Jon Topples. The appearance of a surprise guest threatens to break up the interview. How will Tommy and his manager, Aluisius, handle this unexpected twist? Access the …
 
Teaching as a focus of institutional change might be a lynchpin in creating sustainable schools. What if we free faculty to teach, then redesign institutional shifts around their teaching? What would it mean to collaborate beyond the seminary walls and into the neighborhoods? What would it take to suspend judgement of institutional mistakes long en…
 
Informed definitions of trauma are needed. Classrooms are never spaces for therapy. Ways of developing trauma awareness, self-care strategies and referrals. Creating spaces of respect, regard and care are needed for faculty, administration, and students. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Lisa Cataldo (Fordham University).…
 
Welcome to Conversations on Teaching and Spirituality. Series One is entitled Exploring Thurman’s “The Sound of the Genuine”. The featured speakers of this video series are Dr. Nancy Westfield, Dr. Amy G. Oden and Dr. Shively T.J. Smith. Using Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman’s baccalaureate address at Spelman College (May 4, 1980), entitled “The Sound of t…
 
This week we are joined by special guest, Taalia Vess! She and TJ share their enjoyment of the new Magic Legends game. We also discuss her love of Commander and get her thoughts on the new Time Spiral Remastered cards. We also ponder dangerous food. Visit the Ponder website Access the Three Moons Lounge here Find Taalia Vess on Twitch Find Taalia V…
 
Learning about teaching during the Covid lockdown. Combating transactional teaching. Approaching scholarship for and with the public. Creativity required for the larger questions and teaching. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Randall Balmer (Dartmouth College).By The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
 
What meanings do youth place upon these pandemics? What are the fears of young scholars challenged to work from home? What strategies have scholar-parents devised to teach from home? How has this moment of pandemics heightened the fear of early career faculty concerning issues of presumed incompetence? Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Sarah Farm…
 
In this episode I chat with long time friend James Mattern aka "The Commissioner of Comedy". He is a very talented comic in NYC where he is highly respected among his peers in the world of comedy. We chat about growing up in Vegas, we talk comedy, and the challenges of becoming a comic today.By James Mattern, Phil Austin
 
Revamp the syllabus so assessment is fair, generative, and manageable. Thriving as an early career faculty might mean new and different kinds of assignments and assessment. Get rid of assignments that overwhelm and cause suffering. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Roger Nam (Candler School of Theology - Emory University).…
 
It's March Madness, cuties-style! We introduce 16 cute contestants to find out who will win the cutie crown by the Countess of Cute, Jamie. TJ also rants a bit about what happens when "Premier" Magic coverage just isn't premier and what can be done about it. Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder website Watch the episode on Twitch Wat…
 
Shifting from face-to face to online took many professors by surprise in March of 2020. Now, one year later, this conversation is an insightful reflection about having grappled with the fear and the hard challenges of having rethought the syllabus. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Arthur E. Farnsley, II (Indiana University-Purdue University, Ind…
 
This podcast episode is taken from a recording of a webinar. Body indicators such as nose, hair, and flesh tones are relied upon for the perpetuation of prejudice, bias, and presumed privilege. What would it mean to unlearn, then relearn more liberative ways of reading the body? Can the truncated imagination which only sees value in the white body …
 
You know limited is in a weird place when Jamie starts meme drafting. She tells us about the new pants deck that other people are forcing. We look at Universes Beyond and ponder why WotC would use other people's IP beyond making money. Oh, and Melvin has a breakdown. Access the Three Moons Lounge here Visit the Ponder website Watch the episode on T…
 
Centering creativity in knowledge production and teaching. The best scholarship comes from animating our ideas, refusing to be policed, nurturing curiosity, and pursuing a spirit of play. We all need a no-judgement zone, a designated space where mistakes are encouraged, even rewarded. Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins (Columbi…
 
Student Formation can no longer ignore educational debt. Why are faculty reticent to confront student debt? What does it mean that the burden of debt is significantly higher among minoritized students? What if justice for students requires strategies concerning money, wealth, and debt management? Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Jo Ann Deasy (Th…
 
The current liminality is not temporary, is not new, and is a huge challenge to the traditions and norms of educational institutions. What kind of leadership/management is needed? To what kind of student preparation will we shift? Can creative innovation inform our decisions and transform our schools? Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Angela D. S…
 
Helping students look for and find ways to celebrate the strengths and possibilities of democracy and be clear about the damaged and harming aspects. Who are the teaching exemplars who exude graciousness, compassion, and power? What does it mean to be a human being in this society and in our classrooms? Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts Dr. Rachel Ha…
 
Play, with and for adult learners, recognizes embodied aesthetics, assists in meaning making, redefines productivity, and welcomes wisdom. Diversities of epistemologies through play pedagogies enhance adult learning. Learning to have fun together rejuvenates and transforms classrooms. What does it mean to maintain health and wellbeing through play?…
 
Designing innovative ways to integrate research with the classroom experience. Students' questions vary with aspirations - course preparation must anticipate students' needs, wants, seasons of life. All ah-hah! moments are not the same! What if creative bravery is needed for better teaching and original scholarship? Dr. Nancy Lynne Westfield hosts …
 
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