The Truth That I Owe You: Understanding the Social Contexts of Race and Gender in Literacy Education

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February 15, 2019


1:00pm - 2:00pm


SZB 435

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Contact: Tia Madkins


Join us for an Ed Talk with NYU's David E. Kirkland based on over a decade of research focused on understanding the complexities of teaching and learning in urban settings. This presentation will raise awareness of the effects of educational injustices on the lives of urban youth, primarily youth of color, in order to interrupt cycles of miseducation. First, the speaker will focus on the education and miseducation of Black males and highlight how cycles of inequity (i.e., racial injustice) influence how, why, and what youth of color learn to read and write. Second, he will analyze how critical educators can disrupt such cycles to empower urban youth to transform their own communities, lives, and educational destinies. The presentation aims to explore how the power of the spoken and written word can construct and deconstruct opportunities for learning, liberation, and transformative power for urban youth.

Kirkland is an associate professor of English and Urban Education and the executive director of the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. He received his PhD from Mighican State University in Language, Literacy, and Urban Education. His research broadly examines the intersections of race, gender, and education.