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316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

March 2020

“Agitating, Educating, Organizing: Historicizing Transformative Justice in Education” with Maisha T. Winn

Tuesday, March 10, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

Winn discusses how the Black Arts Movement and Independent Black Institutions (IBIs) cultivated and celebrated Black literate lives. She connects this history to contemporary transformative justice activism in schools and communities. Maisha T. Winn is Professor, Chancellor's Leadership Professor, and Co-Director of the Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE) at UC Davis. Winn’s research examines the intersectionality of language, literacy, and justice with attention to how to prepare teachers to “teach freedom” in both spaces of confinement and across the…

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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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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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February 2016

“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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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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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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April 2013

“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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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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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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April 2012

“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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April 2010

The Red Orchestra: A New Perspective on German Christians and Jews in Solidarity Against Hitler

Monday, April 5, 2010, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Watson Theater, 316 Waverly Avenue (entrance by Light Work)
Syracuse, NY 13244 United States

The "Red Orchestra" was the Gestapo's name for a consortium of German artists, intellectuals, and bureaucrats who actively opposed the Nazi regime to unveil the brutal secrets of their fascist employers and oppressors. The brave acts of of the Red Orchestra led many of its members to a tragic end. Author Anne Nelson captures the story of this inspiring group in her book, Red Orchestra (2009, Random House). Anne Nelson is an author and playwright, and teaches at the School…

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