2021 Keynote Address

Cultivating Moral Imagination Through Remembrance Pedagogy

Thursday, October 7, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

In this session, we will consider how we can help ourselves and students cultivate a healthy relationship with the past—using a “pedagogy of remembrance”--so we better understand our shared humanity and move forward to forge a path for a better future. I argue that this cultivation of students’ moral imagination involves what the Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire calls “Conscientization”–the process of becoming conscious of problems and taking action against oppressive elements in our culture. What utility does an education that centers moral consciousness offer us individually and collectively? How can we enact a pedagogy of remembrance, of conscientization within our courses and at our institutions? Together, we will examine the pivotal role educators can play to help their students develop a healthy and guiding relationship with the past in order to forge a pathway for an equitable and just future.

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Mays Imad, Ph.D.

Professor of Pathophysiology and Biomedical Ethics
Founding Coordinator of the Teaching & Learning Center
Pima Community College

Mays Imad is a neuroscientist and professor of Pathophysiology and Biomedical ethics at Pima Community College, the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center, and a Gardner Institute Fellow. Dr. Imad’s current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these impact student learning and success. Through her teaching and research, she seeks to provide her students with transformative opportunities that are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, justice, and self-realization. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Imad works with faculty members across disciplines at her own institution and across the country to promote inclusive, equitable, and contextual trauma-informed education. She passionately advocates for institutions to make mental health a top priority and to systematically support the education of the whole student. Mays received her undergraduate training from the University of Michigan–Dearborn where she studied philosophy. She received her doctoral degree in Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She then completed a National Institute of Health-Funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona in the Department of Neuroscience.