The Critical Pedagogy Initiative seeks to turn from the well-worn conversation over the crisis in the humanities to a focus on our work as humanists in the classroom. Our department’s research centers and collaborative projects uniquely position us to consider our commitments as a department to what, why, and how we teach. The initiative’s goal is to bring together graduate students and professors to articulate the department’s shared pedagogical values. These ideals should both guide graduate students as they teach diverse courses and influence professors as they shape the curriculum. This year-long discussion series will host three meetings with a broadening scope, moving from classroom to departmental and institutional philosophy. Each meeting will consist of a focused discussion facilitated by Rachael King, Corinne Bancroft, and Nicole Dib. The meetings are also co-hosted by the Undergraduate and Graduate Committees.