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Thursday, June 13 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Safe at Home: Co-curricular spaces for generative, (un)safe conversations

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Third space describes an intentional space where normative assumptions are challenged by shared encounter with cultural and ideological otherness; third spaces open possibilities for transformational education. Beam Library at Oklahoma Christian University generates third space experiences through co-curricular events that engage the intersection of faith and culture. Specifically, our Safe at Home chapel exists as a generous (un)safe space that facilitates crucial conversation about gender, sexuality, and faith, empowering students who may feel unsafe because they are or affirm LGBTQIA individuals. Librarians discuss and demonstrate the educational and culture-transforming potential of a co-curricular third space.  

Point: As co-curricular entities, academic libraries are aptly situated for the creation of third spaces and intentional spaces where normative rules and structures are challenged by shared encounters with cultural and ideological otherness.

Purpose: To share ideas and report on Beam Library initiatives like Safe at Home chapel that create third space learning experiences, position the library at the intersection of formation and information, and re-vision the library as facilitator of generative conversation in a generously hospitable space.


Thursday June 13, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm PDT
Junior Ballroom C

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