One workshop that was supposed to be about English Literature focused on "the application of various critical theories (such as postcolonial, feminist, Marxist, and gay-lesbian)." The course description says that those "theories can be applied to any text and provide[s] students how to connect with literature "more deeply, and develop intellectual political autonomy." Another workshop called "Coal, Climate, and the World" was based on the premise that "Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet." Two conference workshops addressed non-traditional sexual lifestyles. "Gender and Sexuality 101" was a workshop "to help educators develop an awareness of the issues facing lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and Asexual people in schools."
A major goal of this conference was to educate teachers, who are considered to be persons of privilege, and how to recognize the ways that "oppression affects the lives of students marginalized by race, class, language, gender, and sexual orientation." Several other workshops were planned to encourage student political activism and to train them "to design and implement effective action plans to build a movement and change the world."
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