RDE Faculty Retreat Spring 2023

Thursday & Friday, February 23-24

RDE’s 2023 workshop is for humanities scholars who seek to incorporate community engagement in their teaching, research and service. The workshop will emphasize the ethics and process of community engagement and guide participants through designing a mutually beneficial and reciprocal project or course. Sessions will introduce local experts, on-campus resources and fruitful models of engaged humanities projects. Community members will join the workshop for a frank conversation about the power dynamics and practical aspects of community engaged projects. Participants will leave the workshop with a working knowledge of best practices for community engagement as well as a draft sketch for a community engaged project of their own design. The guest speaker for this year’s RDE workshop is Davarian Baldwin, the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Trinity College, founding director of the Smart Cities Lab, and author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities. Baldwin will be delivering the Faculty Book Celebration lecture on Thursday, February 23 and joining workshop sessions on Friday, February 24.

See registration link below. All participants must register and submit a CV via the RSVP page.

Registered participants are limited to 12. Participants are expected to attend both the talk on Thursday and the full workshop on Friday. All Friday sessions will be in person, and the Thursday talk will be offered in virtual and in-person formats. As has been the case with past RDE workshops, participants will receive a stipend of $500.

Thursday, February 23
4 pm: Lecture by visiting scholar Davarian Baldwin

Friday, February 24
9 am–5 pm: Panels and workshop on WashU’s campus and at nearby Sumner High School


Danforth University Center

10 am: Grad student perspectives on community engagement

Q+A with WashU graduate students moderated by Meredith Kelling (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Prison Education Project)
11 am: On-campus resources for community engagement

Panelists: Matthew Bernstine (Office of Socially Engaged Practice, Sam Fox), Nikki Doughty (Institute for School Partnership), Sonia Sequeira (Gephardt Insitute for Civic and Community Engagement), Vetta Thompson (Here and Next St. Louis Hub)

Sumner High School, Community Hub Annex
Transportation to and from Sumner is provided.

Lunch (provided)

1 pm: The ethics and process of community engagement

Q+A with Davarian Baldwin and community partners
2–5 pm: Designing a community engaged project or course

Design sprint workshop in collaboration with community partners 

This workshop is offered as part of Washington University’s RDE Initiative (Redefining Doctoral Education in the Humanities, or “Ready”). RDE focuses on supporting faculty efforts to develop the best pedagogical practices in graduate education for instilling capacities essential for success — such as writing for the public — both within academia and in the world beyond. Faculty Workshops are offered once per year on a different topic. Follow this link for details of past retreats and more on the RDE initiative.