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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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March 2011

“Our Schools Suck” Discussion

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
220 Eggers Hall (Strasser Legacy Room), Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Featuring Gaston Alonso, Celina Su, and Jeanne Theoharis Based upon their co-authored book, Our Schools Suck: Students Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failure of Urban Education (NYU Press, 2009). This lecture is part of the School of Education's annual Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public.

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September 2011

“Syracuse City, Forty Years of Urban Education Landscape: From Croton-on-Campus to the Promised Neighborhood” with Charles M. Payne

Monday, September 5, 2011, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Maxwell Auditorium, Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series The Harry S. and Elva K. Ganders Memorial Fund Lecture Featuring Charles M. Payne Charles M. Payne is the Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he is also an affiliate of the Urban Education Institute. His interests include urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change and modern African American history. Payne is a founder of the Education for Liberation…

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April 2012

“Precious Knowledge” Screening and Panel Discussion

Monday, April 2, 2012, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III, Waverly Ave & S Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series The documentary Precious Knowledge illustrates what motivates Tucson High School students and teachers to form the front line of an epic civil rights battle.  While 48 percent of Mexican American students currently drop out of high school, Tucson High’s Mexican American Studies Program has become a national model of educational success, with 93 percent, on average, of enrolled students graduating from high school and 85 percent going on to attend college.  However, Arizona lawmakers…

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“Hip Hop Genius” featuring Sam Seidel

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Featuring Sam Siedel, educator, speaker, and Author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education Additional Participants: David "TC" Ellis, founder & director of “Hip Hop High,” the High School for the Recording Arts Casandra "Lil C" Sherry-Rojas, musician and atudent at the High School for the Recording Arts Jennifer Benedetto, teacher at Nottingham High School Wendy Nastasi, CNY PAGE Director at Imagining America and cultural foundations of education Ph.D. student Adam Ce'DeBaca,…

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September 2012

“Crossing Boundaries in Literacy Research: Implications for Urban Education” with Valerie Kinloch

Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Featuring Valerie Kinloch, Ph.D. In light of the history of Black and Brown people in the United States who fought against the odds to acquire literacy, especially during and immediately after slavery, there are some youth of color who outright resist being called writers and readers. They refigure classroom and community spaces to support lived experiences, and they re-purpose required assignments through employment of non-school artifacts and references (e.g., hip hop lyrics; poetry;…

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October 2012

“Liberal Learning Behind Bars: Literacy Education with the Incarcerated” with Deborah Appleman

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III, Waverly Ave & S Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Deborah Appleman

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Featuring Deborah Appleman, P.h.D. In this talk Professor Deborah Appleman will describe her experiences teaching writing and literature at a high security men's prison. She will explore both the challenges and rewards of offering literacy education to the incarcerated. She will explore the transformative nature of literacy learning by sharing some of the work included in a creative writing anthology she and her incarcerated students published: From the Inside Out: Letters to Young…

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November 2012

“Bad Teacher! How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture” with Kevin Kumashiro

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Maxwell Auditorium, Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Kevin Kumashiro

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Featuring Kevin Kumashiro, Ph.D. This lecture examines the current debates on educational reform, paying particular attention to the ways that scapegoating public schoolteachers, teacher unions, and teacher educators masks the real,systemic problems. Examples include market-based reforms that insidiously promise one thing while accomplishing another. Implications will be shared for reframing the debate and building a stronger movement to reclaim public education. Kevin Kumashiro is professor of Asian American Studies at the University of…

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February 2013

“Beyond the Bricks” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
220 Eggers Hall (Strasser Legacy Room), Crouse Drive
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
A New Era of Education: Beyond The Bricks Project Inc

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Filmmakers Ouida Washington & Derek Koen and Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Teachers College, Columbia University Beyond the Bricks is a documentary created with the goal of promoting solutions for one of America's critical problems in education: the consistently low performance of African-American boys in the public school system. The film follows African- American students Shaquiel Ingram and Erick Graham as they struggle to stay on track in the Newark,…

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March 2013

“Preparing Teachers for Diversity in the 21st Century: Persisting Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Crafting an Agenda for the Future” with Arnetha F. Ball

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Arnetha F Ball

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series With Arnetha F. Ball, Ph.D. At a time of major change in educational sectors worldwide, there also exists unique opportunities for the exchange of ideas and for fostering collaboration to address one of the most important issues facing education today: preparing a teaching force for diversity in twenty-first century classrooms. This talk discusses concerns related to the current state of teacher education across national boundaries; discusses persisting challenges facing teacher education on a…

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April 2013

“The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” with Jeanne Theoharis

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Miron Room, Newhouse I, 215 University Pl
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Book Talk and signing with Jeanne Theoharis, Ph.D. Jeanne Theoharis is professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the author of the new biography The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Professor Theoharis is author or co-author of six other books and numerous articles on the black freedom struggle and the contemporary politics of race in the United States. Copies of The Rebellious Life of…

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“Balancing Access and Advantage in the History of American Schooling” with David F. Labaree

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
David Labaree

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series With David F. Labaree, Ph.D The most salient achievement of schools in liberal democratic societies is to engineer a dynamic balance between two conflicting goals - providing social access and preserving social advantage. As a result, when access to schooling increases, so does the stratification of schooling. More students come in at the bottom of the system in order to gain social access, and the system keeps expanding upward in order to preserve…

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“Who Cares About Kelsey?” Film Screening And Panel Discussion

Monday, April 15, 2013, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse III, Waverly Ave & S Crouse Ave
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States
Who Cares About Kelsey in handwritten font

The Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series Featuring Filmmaker Dan Habib and film subject Kelsey Carroll Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges, and shows innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed - while improving the overall school culture and climate. Filmmaker Dan Habib is also creator of the internationally acclaimed documentary, Including Samuel. When Kelsey Carroll entered high school, she was a more likely candidate for the juvenile justice system than graduation.…

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