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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Ethics of Instruction: What I Learned about Diversity and Difference

Holly B. Isserstedt.

This longitudinal study examines one teacher’s experiences as an instructor of diversity courses at a large university. The author uses a postmodern lens to redefine the term diversity as part of significant syntax of contemporary academic agendas. This study considers what happens when there is resistance to a growing demand for recognition of marginalization and practices of oppression within the Academy. The study further considers the objectives of diversity education mandates at the college level. Theorists Deleuze and Guattari (1987) argue that when a world view dies, the terms that define and analyze it also die, even while they continue to live on human tongues through inertia, custom, and unthought. This study seeks to discover the changes that occur when those tongues are held accountable.

Deleuze, Gilles & Guattari, Felix. (1987). A thousand plateaus: Capitalism and schizophrenia. (Brian Massumi, Trans.). Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press. (Original work published 1980)


Holly B. Isserstedt  (United States)
Lecturer in Women's Studies, PhD Student
Women's Studies
The University of Georgia

Currently completing my final year of a PhD at The University of Georgia, former high school English teacher, Lecturer in the department of Gender Studies, Adjunct English Instructor

  • Diversity Education
  • Race
  • Class
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation

(Virtual Presentation, English)