“Cup of Humanity” is a format for group discussion in which assigned groups of four students (rotating every time) practice the host/guest relationship of the Japanese tea ceremony (Chanoyu) so that everyone gets the chance to speak, listen, and be heard by each classmate. This involves literally serving tea to each other. I devised this format through an integration of techniques learned from workshops and conferences on inclusive pedagogy, on one hand, and a rather loose interpretation of the principle of the Japanese tea ceremony, on the other. This report details the pedagogical principles that inspired the format as well as the implementation of “Cup of Humanity” discussions during my Fall 2016 course, Transnational Japan.
"“Cup of Humanity”—an Experiment in Equitable Group Dynamics,"
Vol. 30, 145-152.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/headwaters/vol30/iss1/14