Teaching Porn - #cconporn

CatalystCon Lynn Comella, PhD, Shira Tarrant, PhD, Kevin Heffernan, PhD, Constance Penley, PhD Saturday, September 15, 2012 2:40pm-3:50pm

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  1. In Spring 2012 a tenured professor at Appalachian State University was suspended after screening a documentary about the porn industry in an Introduction to Sociology course. She was accused of engaging in “inappropriate speech and conduct in the classroom” after four students complained. News coverage of the professor’s suspension raised a number of questions: Is it appropriate for faculty to show porn? If so, under what conditions? Should students be forewarned, and given the opportunity to leave if such images are unwanted? This session gathers together a group of college professors to discuss their various experiences with and approaches to teaching porn within the context of the university classroom.
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