Ep 4: Tara Mayer on the Value of Discomfort in Education

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Our guest for episode four of the Ways of Knowing podcast is 2019 Wall Scholar Tara Mayer, a Professor in the Department of History at UBC.

Mayer is a cultural historian who is working on new forms of teaching that use discomfort in the classroom to advance learning, an initiative for which she recently received a Killam Teaching Prize. She also recently organized an International Research Roundtable on visual literacy at the Peter Wall Institute.

Today's conversation is about diversity in classrooms, safe spaces in universities, and new forms of pedagogy. 

Stay tuned for episode five. 

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