The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series
The Harry S. and Elva K. Ganders Memorial Fund Lecture
Despite growing concerns in recent years over the plight of queer students in American schools, efforts to make schools more responsive to the needs of queer youth continue to fall short of queer-inclusive sexual health education. For Black queer youth in particular, the limited access to sex education in public schools persists as the stakes surrounding their sexual health have intensified. This presentation will draw upon findings from multiple scholarly projects to explore how Black queer youth engage in pedagogical acts that nurture their sexual agency, and it will consider how P-12 educators and other select stakeholders can support Black queer youth and other queerly identified young people in ways that are culturally responsive and socially just.
Edward Brockenbrough is an Associate Professor of Teaching and Curriculum at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. His research focuses on negotiations of identity, pedagogy, and power in urban educational spaces, particularly through the lenses of Black masculinity studies and queer of color critique. Dr. Brockenbrough’s most recent study was an ethnography of an HIV/AIDS prevention center that operated as an alternative, culturally responsive pedagogical space for LGBT youth of color. He is currently working with Dr. Mitchell Wharton on a new study, with funding from the University of Rochester’s Center for AIDS Research, on the sexual engagements of networked technologies by young Black men who have sex with men (The SENT Study). In addition to conducting his scholarly work, Dr. Brockenbrough directs the Urban Teaching and Leadership Program, a Warner School initiative that prepares urban teachers with a commitment to social justice. Additionally, he teaches master’s and doctoral courses on concepts and issues in social science research, gender and sexual justice in schools, topics in teaching and schooling for pre-service teachers, and diversity and social justice in American education.
FREE and open to the public. Presented with support by the Syracuse University Humanities Center. CART (Live open captioning) provided. Free public parking in the University Avenue Garage.