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MSU community encouraged to attend "The Fence" on Feb. 24

February 7, 2014

The University of Michigan's CRLT Players will perform "The Fence" for all MSU faculty and staff at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in SUB Ballroom D. The audience will observe as the troupe portrays members of a department's executive committee as they meet to discuss whether one of their junior colleagues should be awarded tenure. Photo courtesy of the CRLT Players/University of Michigan.   High-Res Available

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The CRLT Players, a touring theater company housed in the University of Michigan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, will perform "The Fence," a provocative and absorbing presentation about how unconscious bias can affect promotion and tenure decisions, at either 9 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in SUB Ballroom D.

All members of Montana State University's community, including faculty, staff and students -- are encouraged to attend the presentation, in which the performers invite the audience to observe members of a department's executive committee as they meet to discuss whether one of their junior colleagues should be awarded tenure. The committee is split, and arguments are made both for and against the candidate. Providing a "fly-on-the-wall" perspective, the sketch gives audience members a chance to consider the ways that unconscious bias can affect promotion and tenure decisions. Post-show discussion allows audiences to step inside the meeting and think on their feet about ways they might intervene in the scenario they have just seen to create a fairer tenure process for the candidate. This sketch was commissioned by the University of Michigan's ADVANCE program.

The CRLT Players create research-based performances that examine current issues in higher education.  Using a range of innovative theatrical techniques, the Players’ performances engage faculty, graduate students, and university administrators in critical reflection, respectful dialogue and problem solving. They have performed at universities and conferences around the nation. More information about the troupe may be found at: http://www.crlt.umich.edu/crltplayers

"The Fence" is sponsored by the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, ADVANCE Project TRACS and the Deans of Engineering, Letters & Science, Agriculture, Arts & Architecture, Business, Education, Health & Human Development, Nursing, and the MSU Library.

The performance is free; however, those who would like to attend are asked to RSVP at http://www.montana.edu/nsfadvance/rsvp.html

 

Theresa Marchwick, ADVANCE Project TRACS, 994-4690, tmarchwick@montana.edu