Sabrina Weiss

Dr. Sabrina M. Weiss

Dr. Sabrina Weiss specializes in developing theoretical models that represent the ethical and social dimensions of issues at the intersection of science, technology, and society. Topics of interest include gender and sexuality, discourse theory, bodies and cyborgs, bioethics, food ethics, and innovative pedagogies, as well as the institutional and change dimensions affecting those areas.

Dr. Weiss earned a B.S. from Stanford’s Science, Technology, and Society program, an M.S. in Bioethics from Albany Medical College, and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a former U.S. Naval Officer (ROTC) who served overseas in Japan and at the Office of Naval Research.

An interdisciplinary and international scholar, Dr. Weiss has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, which houses the National Institute for the Deaf, and at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Dr. Weiss is a coauthor of Worlds of ScienceCraft: New Horizons in Sociology, Philosophy and Science Studies (2009).

January 24, 2021
2:20pm EST/11:20pm PST

Critical Thinking Strategies for Engaging with Problematic Books

Books are wonderful tools for learning and thinking. But it’s becoming common to run into difficulties engaging a tween or teen with a book that may be older, or written in a different social context. As teachers, we are challenged to juggle safe spaces and respect for learner agency with literature that, while problematic or difficult, still holds value in a social and historical context. In this talk, I will share some strategies to promote critical thinking about books that a reader may dislike on face, including contextualization, constructive engagement, and translation of experiences. I will also touch on some ways that we can give context to problematic literature that leaves a window open for engagement while acknowledging and validating concerns.