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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 or email suschoolofed@syr.edu

Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Events

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September 2013

“Deliberate Excellence: Ensuring Equity and Opportunity through Sequenced Change” with Jerry Weast

Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Dr. Weast led Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) to a well-deserved national reputation for outstanding student achievement. He will discuss the patient process that built the cultural foundation in every aspect of the school system (16th largest in the US) to support student success. In 35 years as a superintendent of schools, Dr. Jerry D. Weast amassed a record of results. Most notably, Dr. Weast led Montgomery County Public Schools to…

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“Stepping Up to the Plate: Fixing School Food in America” with Janet Poppendieck

Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
220 Eggers Hall (Strasser Legacy Room), Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Janet Poppendieck is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York, and Director of Public Policy at the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College. She received her undergraduate degree in History from Duke University (‘67) and her Masters (‘72) and Ph.D (‘78) degrees from the Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University. Her primary concerns, both as…

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October 2013

“Youth Held at the Border: Immigration and the Politics of Inclusion” with Lisa Patel

Monday, October 14, 2013, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series The Lynn D. and John L. Kreischer TELL Scholars Lecture Lisa Patel will discuss how immigrant youth are included in, and excluded from, various sectors of American society, including education. Instead of the land of opportunity, immigrant youth often encounter new borders long after their physical journey to the United States is over. She will share case studies of immigrant youth, from secondary school and beyond, analysis of how immigration law,…

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February 2014

“Racism, Public Education, and Collective Bargaining” with Brian Jones

Friday, February 28, 2014, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kittredge Auditorium, HBC Hall, University Pl, behind the Hall of Languages
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Brian Jones

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series The Harry S. and Elva K. Ganders Memorial Fund Lecture The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association represent several million K-12 educators working in public schools. As a large contingent of organized public sector employees, their fate is inextricably linked to the fate of the communities they serve. For people of color, public sector employment has long been a key lever of social advancement and financial security. Working…

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March 2014

“Art and the Social and Built Environment” with Rick Lowe

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
220 Eggers Hall (Strasser Legacy Room), Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series This lecture will address a wide range of issues and questions related to socially and community engaged art practice. Lowe will discuss the value and advantages of long-term and short-term projects on both large and small scales. Lowe emphasizes the importance of the symbolic and the practical nature of community engaged work, and the advantages of artists-initiated projects and institutions such as museum commissioned projects. He will talk about Project Row…

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September 2014

“Punitive Social Control, The Youth Control Complex, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Dignity Enhancement and Restorative Approaches as Antidotes” with Victor Rios

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Maxwell Auditorium, Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Victor Rios

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Part of the 2014-2015 Season: Surveillance & Segregation in 21st Century Schools: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline Professor Rios will discuss findings from 12 years of research on the School-to-Prison Pipeline and the collateral effects of mass incarceration on marginalized youths. Beyond describing the problem, Rios discusses viable solutions to reverse the effects of what he calls, the Youth Control Complex. Professor Rios' book, Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino…

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October 2014

“’Zero Tolerance’ in School Discipline: Where Did It Come from and Where Is It Going?” with Judith Kafka

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
500 Hall of Languages, University Pl
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Judith Kafka

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Part of the 2014-2015 Season: Surveillance & Segregation in 21st Century Schools: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline with Judith Kafka, professor at the CUNY Graduate Center and author of "The History of Zero-Tolerance in American Schools" In this talk Professor Kafka will trace the roots of today's highly-punitive zero tolerance school discipline policies back half a century, to efforts on the part of teachers, principals, students, activists, and district officials to limit…

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February 2015

“Against the Social Ecology of School Discipline: Teaching for Love, Justice, and Joy” with Crystal T. Laura

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Maxwell Auditorium, Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Crystal Laura

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Part of the 2014-2015 Season: Surveillance & Segregation in 21st Century Schools: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline Crystal T. Laura - teacher, activist, author - discusses her new book, Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a riveting account of her younger brother's odyssey through school and to prison. She makes an eloquent and urgent argument that schools can only succeed with all of our children when they are built…

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March 2015

“Youth, Media and Educational Justice: Cultivating Wellbeing Through Collaborative Inquiry” with Lalitha Vasudevan and Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz

Monday, March 16, 2015, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Maxwell Auditorium, Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Part of the 2014-2015 Season: Surveillance & Segregation in 21st Century Schools: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline Access to sound educational opportunities continues to be a challenging goal for young people who are already embroiled in the complicated systems of foster care and juvenile justice, whom we identify as court-involved youth. In this talk, we share examples from our experience as co-teachers of a yearlong, participatory seminar in which we bring together…

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September 2015

“I Learn America” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Gifford Auditorium, HBC Hall, University Place (behind the Hall of Languages)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
I Learn America documentary poster

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series The Lynn D. and John L. Kreischer TELL Scholars Lecture Part of the 2015-2016 Season: Seeing Humanity: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion Film screening & panel discussion featuring filmmaker Jean-Michel Dissard and featured students In America, one in four children is a child of immigration. Here to stay, they are the future. How we fare in welcoming them will determine the nature of our continually emerging identity. At the International High School…

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November 2015

“The Good Ones: How Language Marginalizes and Literature Empowers Our Children” with Kwame Alexander

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grant Auditorium, White Hall, University Pl
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Kwame Alexander

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Part of the 2015-2016 Season: Seeing Humanity: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion A bit of conversation, a dash of storytelling, and a splash of performance by Kwame Alexander as he shares from his recent books, educational insights, and worldwide experiences (Singapore, Ghana, Brazil, Italy) in Literacy Empowerment. Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John…

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LUE in NYC – “From the Cradle to the Grave: Media, (Re)presentation and (Re)production and American Democracy” with Jeffery Mangram

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fisher Center, New York City, 136 Madison Avenue (btwn 31st & 32nd St)
New York City, NY 10016 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series What is media educating us to do and to be? What realities does U.S. media (re)present to its citizens and to what effect? The eminent cultural critic and philosopher Douglas Kellner asserts that "we are immersed from cradle to grave in a media and consumer society and thus it is important to learn how to understand, interpret, and criticize its meanings and messages." Hence, media is a form of pedagogy, a…

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February 2016

“Imagining Mattering: Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality, & Black Joy” with Bettina Love

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Maxwell Auditorium, Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Part of the 2015-2016 Season: Seeing Humanity: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion Bettina Love will discuss how Hip Hop Civics Ed, when linked to the framework of intersectionality, creates a space where Black lives matter and analytic sensibilities are nurtured to engage students in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice. Her talk will end by calling for educators not only to teach students about racial violence, oppression,…

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“Prec(ar)ious Knowledge: Adolescent Wisdom Borne in Neoliberal Blues” with Michelle Fine

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 4:00 pm - 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 Part of the 2015-2016 Season: Seeing Humanity: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion The Harry S. and Elva K. Ganders Memorial Fund Lecture In Memory of Sari Knopp Biklen Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women's Studies, American Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is a university teacher, educational activist and researcher who works on social justice projects with youth, women and men in…

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April 2016

“Brown Girl Dreaming” with Jacqueline Woodson

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Gifford Auditorium, HBC Hall, University Place (behind the Hall of Languages)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Douglas Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Part of the 2015-2016 Season: Seeing Humanity: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion Jacqueline Woodson's memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. In this talk, she guides audiences through the vivid poems from her book, sharing what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow, her growing awareness of the…

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