Published on Oct. 15, 2020
Updated on Dec. 9, 2020
In his trademark authentic style, Kevin Gannon’s Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto is half treatise and half pedagogical guide. The early chapters slowly build up to a crescendo in Chapter 8 titled “Pedagogy is Not a Weapon,” and throughout the text, Gannon urges us to do away with the performativity so prevalent in academia, encouraging us to lean in to vulnerability in our teaching. In these unmooring times, Writing Intensive instructors will especially find his text useful as he gives us permission to step away from traditional approaches to make space for activities that both generate learning and critical thought. Check out “collaborative expectation setting” (p. 89) and the “unessay” (p. 92) for two practical examples. Regardless of your discipline, this book will fill up your soul, remind you of your purpose for teaching, and get you excited about working with students—in whatever form that takes.