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Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series

Since 2005, The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series is dedicated to the presentation of current ideas and strategies for navigating urban education terrain in the United States. The speakers engaged for this series are well renowned scholars committed to revitalizing inclusive urban education. The School of Education invites all students, alumni, staff, faculty, and friends in the community to experience these presentations.

A generous gift by School of Education Board of Visitors member Jeryl Mitchell ’81, G’83 named the lecture series in honor of retiring Dean Douglas P. Biklen. This will allow the lecture series to continue its mission and expand its audience and national reach for many years to come.

All events are free and open to the public and CART open captioning will be provided. For more information call 315.443.4696.

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February 2017

“Queering Sexy B(l)ack: Queer Youth and Pedagogies of Sexual Agency” with Edward Brockenbrough

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Maxwell Auditorium, Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

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.…

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LUE in NYC – “Reinventing Literacy: Critical Thinking for the Age of Digital Media” with David Buckingham

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
91 Horatio, 91 Horatio Street
New York, NY 10014 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series The internet, computer games, social networking, mobile communications. Young people today are growing up in a digital world that presents both opportunities and problems for educators. Yet amid excited claims about digital creativity and panics about online safety, there has been very little attention to the need for critical thinking about media and technology. In this talk, leading British media educator Professor David Buckingham will challenge some of the received wisdom…

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March 2017

“Developing Critical Inner Literacy: Reading the Body, the Word, and the World” with Chelsea Roberts Jackson

Friday, March 3, 2017, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
304 ABC Schine Student Center, 303 University Place
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Chelsea Jackson Roberts

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Grounded in her work with teen girls in Atlanta, Georgia, Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Ph.D., E-RYT, shares the findings of her qualitative research focused on yoga, literature, and the ways in which embodied practices support critical literacy development. Committed to understanding both the individual and collective benefits of yoga, this lecture will focus on how yoga can be used as a tool to resist oppression experienced by marginalized and vulnerable communities, how…

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September 2017

“Deej” Film Screening and discussion with DJ Savarese

Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese ("Deej") found not only a loving family but also a life in words, which he types on a tect-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In his advocacy on behalf of other nonspeaking autistics, he embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers…

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October 2017

“The Precarity of Inclusion and (Be)longing: The Experiences of Immigrant, Refugee, and Asylum-Seeking Youth in Schools” Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building, College Place
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series The Lynn D. and John L. Kreischer TELL Scholars Lecture Urban schools are experiencing increasing numbers of students from immigrant & refugee backgrounds. Students of color, those with disabilities, and English language learners are all at an increased risk in relation to the school-to-prison pipeline. Academically these students are also at a disadvantage because of low teacher expectations, ability tracking, educational barriers, segregated educational placements, and anti-immigrant bias. This panel presentation…

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“That Day Now” with Keiko Ogura, Official Storyteller of Hiroshima

Monday, October 23, 2017, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Gifford Auditorium, HBC Hall, University Place (behind the Hall of Languages)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
That Day Now, Keiko Ogura

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Keiko Ogura is the official a-bomb storyteller for the city of Hiroshima and has spent decades traveling Japan and the world telling others about her experience and promoting nuclear nonproliferation. She was 8 years old when the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and she is one of the few survivors old enough at the time of explosion to remember the events clearly. Since 1984, Ogura has led Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace…

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February 2018

“Bodymap: A Performance” with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
304 ABC Schine Student Center, 303 University Place
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Leah under a lavender tree

Presented by the Syracuse University Humanities Center A Syracuse Symposium Event, 2017-2018 Theme: Belonging The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series The Harry S. and Elva K. Ganders Lecture Series Lambda Award winning queer disabled Sri Lankan/Irish femme writer and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha will share new work and performance pieces from her work with disability justice collective Sins Invalid and her most recent books, Bodymap and Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way…

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“No Body Left Behind: The Art and Practice of Disability Justice” with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Thursday, February 8, 2018, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
319 Sims Hall, 130 College Pl
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Presented by the Syracuse University Humanities Center A Syracuse Symposium Event, 2017-2018 Theme: Belonging The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Come learn about disability justice--a movement building framework centering the leadership of Black and brown, queer and trans and other disabled folks marginalized within mainstream movements. We'll talk about disability and accessibility in our communities and movements, view and discuss performance and writing by disabled queer and/or people of color artists, and share and build concrete tools…

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March 2019

“Futures Matter: Five Pedagogical Stances for Shifting Toward Justice” with Maisha T. Winn

Thursday, March 7, 5:30 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series in partnership with the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition In her book Justice on Both Sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice, Winn asserts that four pedagogical stances: History Matters; Race Matters; Justice Matters; and Language Matters are essential for learning communities to engage in their pursuit of justice. In this talk, Winn argues for a fifth pedagogical stance, Futures Matter, using Stetsenko’s Transformative Activist Stance (TAS) framework. Maisha T.…

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“Relationships: The Difference Maker” with Alhassan Susso

Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 pm
Lender Auditorium, 007 Whitman School of Management, 721 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series At the core of teaching is cultivating and nurturing relationships. This simple human approach has the potential to transform students’ lives.  This method of teaching is intended to create safe, productive learning environments where academic excellence thrives. As compassion thrives in the classroom, so does learning. Learning in the classroom can easily be achieved if the students we are teaching feel valued in the process. It does not matter how outstanding…

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