Simone Weil Davis & Lorraine Pinnock, Teaching, Learning, and Unlearning Together: Walls to Bridges as a Pedagogical Practice (Ethics of Pedagogy)

Ethics of Pedagogy

Per University of Toronto COVID-19 instructions, this event is cancelled until further notice.

Walls to Bridges brings together incarcerated students and university-based students in courses that emphasise dialogue, collaboration, whole-self learning and the building of a classroom community based on mutual respect and honest, shared inquiry.  In this presentation two longstanding members of the Walls to Bridges Collective, Lorraine and Simone Davis, will introduce this innovative educational model. An emphasis on two of its features — dialogue across (multiple) differences and the role of emotions in the classroom — will open up questions about the classroom as ethical terrain.


Simone Weil Davis, Associate Director of the Ethics, Society & Law program at Trinity College, is also a proud member of the Walls to Bridges Collective, and co-founded the national Walls to Bridges program in 2011. W2B brings together university-based students and incarcerated students as classmates in courses that emphasize the importance of teaching, learning and unlearning through dialogue and collaboration. Her written work includes the co-edited Turning Teaching Inside Out: A Pedagogy of Transformation for Community-Based Learning (2013), lead volume in Palgrave’s Community Engagement in Higher Education series (Palgrave 2013).

Lorraine Pinnock is on a mission to help people as they transition from the criminal injustice system to healthy communities. After spending nearly five years under correctional institution supervision, she believes that providing disadvantaged people with some form of higher education and academic development can radically ensure one’s success and break the revolving door trap of admission, discharge, and re-admission to incarceration.

She is a founding member of the Walls-to-Bridges Collective, based in Kitchener, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Laurentian University. She counts spending time with her family and dog Wiley, running, traveling and soup-tasting among her myriad interests.

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Thu, Mar 26, 2020
04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin