Studio Visit #1: Empathy & Bias

Friday, Oct 5th at 1pm Universal Time (UTC)

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Live comments & questions via Twitter: #unboundeq

On October 5th, we will have the first of our series of Studio Visits. In a Google hangout (which you can watch live, above), invited guests and #unboundeq facilitators will explore the theme of Empathy and Bias. If you would like to join us live, please leave a comment on this blogpost. We are honored and delighted that the following guests will join us:

Omid Tofighian – Omid Tofighian is a lecturer, researcher and community advocate, combining philosophy with interests in rhetoric, religion, popular culture, transnationalism, displacement and discrimination. His current roles include Assistant Professor of Philosophy, American University in Cairo; Research Associate for the Department of Philosophy, University of Sydney; faculty at Iran Academia; and campaign manager for Why Is My Curriculum White? – Australasia. Omid contributes to community arts and cultural projects and works with asylum seekers, refugees and young people. He is the author of Myth and Philosophy in Platonic Dialogues (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and translator of Behrouz Boochani’s book No Friend but the Mountains: Writing From Manus Prison (Picador 2018).

Parisa Mehran – Born and raised in Tehran, Parisa Mehran is a PhD candidate in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) at an Augmented Reality (AR) Lab in Japan and teaches English part-time at several universities. Parisa is an English tutor at Paper Airplanes (, which provides free, one-on-one language and skills instruction to people affected by conflict so they can pursue education, secure employment, and ultimately, rebuild their lives. She also teaches for the Hands Up Project (, which offers online English storytelling lessons to Palestinian and Syrian children in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jordan. Her blog about her research and teaching experiences is at Parisa also actively gives talks about the real Iran and the Iranian people behind the news, and blogs about the Iranian identity at

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Please feel free to join the conversation live on October 5, 2018 at 1pm UTC by using the #unboundeq hashtag on Twitter to ask questions and make comments. We will be watching the Twitter feed live for your questions/comments. In addition, please feel free to watch this conversation asynchronously. The video archive is part of the growing collection of open resources, materials, and activities developed by the Equity Unbound community.

If you would like to join the hangout itself and be part of the livestreamed conversation, please leave a comment on this post.

One thought on “Studio Visit #1: Empathy & Bias

  1. Among the resources mentioned during the session:
    Omid mentioned: Amado Padilla (1994) introduced the concept of ‘cultural taxation’

    Parisa mentioned: GALE: Gender Awareness in Language Education

    Parisa also used the expression “black fish”. Here is the story of the Little Black Fish

    Regarding abstract versus in-practice teaching of critical pedagogy and social justice, Suzan Koseoglu’s call:

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