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Justice, for Real: The Pedagogy and Politics of Abolitionist Teaching

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We discuss present pedagogical and political commitments to justice in education, rooted in abolitionist principles and practices.

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Justice, for Real: The Pedagogy and Politics of Abolitionist Teaching During the Dual Pandemic is a two-part series that aims to explore present pedagogical and political commitments to justice in education, rooted in abolitionist principles and practice, during the dual pandemic of racism and COVID-19. We aim to engage, and expand, the perspectives and inquiries of community members interested in transforming public education, and the world we live in. Because we understand the importance of engaging with those whose experiences are most impacted, we will also have students appearing on the panels.

Join us for PART I which will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:00pm CST/7:00pm EST, where we will be in conversation with Dr. Bettina Love (@BLoveSoulPower), professor at University of Georgia and author of We Want to Do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. Dr. Bettina Love is the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia where her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy.

Join us for PART II which will be held on Tuesday, April 13. 2021 at 6:00pm CST/7:00pm EST, where we will be in conversation with Dr. David Stovall, community organizer, author of Born Out of Struggle: Critical Race Theory, School Creation, and the Politics of Interruption, and professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Brianna Baker, MA (@justice4blackgirls / @_brie.b), Founder and Executive Director of Justice for Black Girls. Dr. Stovall works with community organizations and schools, such as Peoples Education Movement and Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice to address issues of equity, justice and abolishing the school/prison nexus. Brianna Baker is the Founder and Executive Director of Justice for Black Girls. The work of Justice for Black Girls focuses on honoring the fullness of Black girlhood in ways that disrupt the systems that dishonor Black girlhood. She is a social justice teacher, scholar, and juvenile justice advocate that is fervent about creating spaces that unconditionally affirm Black girlhood and brilliance.

Both events will be moderated by Candace Livingston (@CanLiv), abolitionist organizer, educator, and Ph.D. student in the Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This series is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and the first 50 people who register will receive a FREE copy of We Want to Do More than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Dr. Bettina Love OR Born Out of Struggle: Critical Race Theory, School Creation, and the Politics of Interruption by Dr. Dave Stovall.

After you register, you will receive a link granting you access to the events.

This series is co-sponsored by the following entities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: La Casa Cultural Latina, LGBT Resource Center, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Women’s Resources Center, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, the College of Education, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.

We look forward to this dialogue and hope you are able to join us!

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