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 or email

Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Events

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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, 2019, 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, 2019, 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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October 2019

“We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching” with Bettina Love

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
001 Life Sciences Building, 107 College Place
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Bettina Love

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Co-Sponsored by the University Lectures In this talk, Bettina Love will discuss the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom and intersectional justice, so we all can move beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system and world where…

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November 2020

What Makes a Leader, Taking a Stand, and Leadership Needed Now: A Conversation with Black SOE Alumni

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
headshots of panelists

Join us for a discussion with Black SOE alumni about school and community leadership, how needs and strategies have changed due to the pandemic, and how we can continue to support all students through leadership. Live captioning provided. Part of the 2020 Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series: Leading in Precarious Times. Our Panel Cerri Banks ’00, G’04, G’05, G’06 (moderator) is the dean of students and vice president for student affairs at Skidmore College since August 1, 2016. In…

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April 2021

Policed Bodies a community conversation on race disability and justice, april 16-17 2021

Policed Bodies: A Community Conversation on Race, Disability, and Justice

Friday, April 16, 1:00 pm - Saturday, April 17, 1:00 pm

A two-day conversation on issues of race, disability, and justice in the policing of bodies in communities and schools. Bringing together national experts, community activists, and local stakeholders, this event centers transformational, citizen-led reform of policing and public safety through critical dialogue and practice. Presented by The Lender Center for Social Justice, The Center on Disability and Inclusion, and The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series. Free and open to the public; registration required. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) live…

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November 2021

An Evening with Poet and Children’s Book Author Bao Phi

Monday, November 1, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
bao phi and book covers

Touching on refugee status, class, and race, Bao Phi discusses becoming a writer, poet, and, later in life, a father and author of children’s literature. He will also share excerpts and images from his award-winning children’s books. Born in Vietnam, raised in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis, Bao Phi is a Vietnamese American Minnesotan and a long time spoken word artist. A poet, he has two collections published, Song I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, both by Coffeehouse Press. As a children’s book author,…

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