Matthew C. Bronson, PhD is an educational linguist with a doctorate in educational research, with a specialization in language, literacy, and culture from UC Davis, and an AB and MA, in linguistics from UC Berkeley. He serves as director of academic assessment and associate professor in the School of Consciousness and Transformation at CIIS and as a teacher educator in the School of Education at UC Davis. His recent publications include a coedited volume, So What? Now What? The Anthropology of Consciousness Responds to a World in Crisis (sowhatnowwhat.net), a forthcoming chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics; as well as six special journal issues, numerous articles, and book chapters. His trans-disciplinary trajectory has led to research publications and teaching that span many areas: assessment, anthropological linguistics, academic literacy socialization (especially for linguistic minorities), the language of spirituality, integral education, indigenous epistemology, and language revitalization.
One of the critical leverage points in the Expanding the Circle project is the bridge between generations of those of us committed to this work, a bridge that is often fragile or non-existent. Shifting notions of identity have added new categories and radically transformed the social landscape (as is particularly apparent in coastal urban centers or "bubbles" like the venue of this conference). Two practical and powerful means available to build and strengthen this bridge are story-telling and intergenerational dialogue. What knowledge and wisdom do queer educators, leaders, and allies in higher education offer to the contemporary generation of students (who embody a fluid range of intersecting identities and expressions? What does the current generation of students have to bring across the bridge from their increasingly "post-gay" world? In this highly interactive workshop you will learn contemplative, somatic, expressive, and performance-based arts practices to share your genealogy as a queer educator, student, and ally in dialogue with others. In this temporary learning community, we will collectively claim our storied legacy as a way of renewing ourselves and embodying a more humane and just world.