Beyond Gender Bias: A Guided Online Discussion and Reflection Series

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Beyond Gender Bias: A Guided Online Discussion and Reflection Series

This six-week online experience will be a mash-up between a book club and a seminar exploring gender bias. Each week, we will take the time to read and reflect on the assigned reading. Then, we will share our thoughts in an online closed space and work through the difficult realities we’re reading and living. This is a place for curiosity, genuine engagement, and goodwill as we unpack complex issues of gender bias. There will be opportunities to work through these ideas creatively, as well as a more focused final reflection on takeaways you have from the course.


  • Materials go live online November 4, 2018.
  • Discussion group is limited to 12 participants to ensure each voice is heard and recognized in the conversation.
  • Course components are asynchronous, meaning you may work through them at your leisure prior to submitting your piece of each week's reflection.


Required books you will need to purchase:

  • The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson
  • Dietland by Sarai Walker
  • supplemental articles will be posted as appropriate


Plan of action:

  • Two part discussion per week: one to complete before reading, one after reading
  • Option and prompt for individual longer response at the end of each week
  • Ending reflection


Facilitator: Megan Cannella

Megan Cannella is a doctoral student and instructor at University of Nevada, Reno. For the past four years, she has taught in the English and Gender, Race, Identity Departments, as well as the Core Humanities Program, where she is currently serving as Distinguished Teaching Assistant. In her classes, she works tirelessly to disrupt hegemonic canons and teach alternative narratives.


Megan’s research focuses on issues of identity and place in visionary fiction. Most recently she has published the essay, "Do Androids Dream of Derrida's Cat: The Unregulated Emotions of Animals in Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" in the collection Seeing Animals After Derrida (2017) and the essay "Feminine Subterfuge in Margaret Atwood's The Heart Goes Last" in the collection Worlds Gone Awry (2018).

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