New Ideas in Education: Race in the Classroom

April 30, 2018


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Kristen Myers is Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and professor of Sociology.  
Race Talk in the Age of DACA and Black Lives Matter:  I will talk about public and private race talk—the practice of talking about race when you think no one is really listening—in the current moment when young people are confronted with messages about race/ethnicity daily through social media, news coverage, in the hallways and classrooms of their schools, and in interactions with friends and family.  Understanding the historic and social-cultural roots of race talk helps to contextualize its roots in power and inequality.  We can strategize ways for educators to help students deal with their own roles in (un)learning racist messages. 
Joseph Flynn is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Northern Illinois University and president-elect of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum. His scholarship focuses on race, popular culture, and curriculum. He is also author of the White Fatigue: Rethinking Resistance for Social Justice (Peter Lang, 2018).
This presentation will introduce the idea of White Fatigue and help explain an essential point about why it is so challenging to engage conversations about race in classrooms.
Stanley Arnold is an associate professor of history. His work focuses on the intersection of race, sports and civil rights. He is the author of Building the Beloved Community: Philadelphia's Interracial Civil Rights Organizations, 1930-1970(University of Mississippi Press, 2014). His current project is a book-length manuscript on African Americans and the Olympics, 1896-1948.

This discussion will examine how the history of race relations helps to shape our contemporary experiences.