Teaching for Social Justice & Democracy Speaker Series

Discover ways you can integrate current social issues into your course to better engage your students and help them to develop their social, emotional and expressive capacities. The Teaching For Social Justice & Democracy Series focuses on instructional strategies that Georgia State University faculty have used to successfully incorporate social justice themes into various subject areas and the resulting positive student outcomes.

Spring 2018 Series

dr-graham-mFriday, March 2
10 a.m. – 12 p.m
Engaging Scholarship in a Predatory Environment

Speaker: Dr. Maryemma Graham, University of Kansas, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University Distinguished Professor, Provost Visiting Scholar

“Engaging Scholarship in a Predatory Environment,” will explore strategies that can bring increased attention to and address social injustice practices in higher education, including exploring the growing issue of food insecurity among college students.
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drryanFriday, April 13
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
Transgender Identities and Inclusivity in College Classrooms

Speaker: Dr. Maura Ryan, GSU Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Affiliate Faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Maura Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology department, and affiliate faculty in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is a scholar of gender, sexuality, LGBTQ communities, and social movements. Her teaching reflects a holistic and justice oriented approach to people’s lives, centering the experiences of historically marginalized people – women (cis and trans), trans people (more generally), queer people, people of color, working class/working poor people, and people with disabilities. Register >



Fall 2017 Series Recordings

Education as an Experience of Freedom: African centered pedagogy and social justice with Dr. Makungu M. Akinyela

The Pedagogical Value of Diversity with Dr Tanya Washington

More than Music: Using Hip Hop to Discuss Social Justice with Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette and Stic Man

Spring 2017 Series Recordings

Pedagogy for Racial-Social-Justice with Dr. Joyce King and Dr. Brian Williams

Between Malcolm X and 9/11: Islam and Politics in Today’s Political Climate with Dr. Abbas Barzegar 

Fall 2016 Series Recordings

Black Lives Matter as a Pedagogy of Empowerment with Dr. Amani Marshall

Student and Professor Positionality: Talking about Sensitive Racial Topics in a Racially Diverse Classroom with Dr. James Ainsworth

Teaching Black Resistance: Looking Back So We Can Move Forward with Dr. Akinyela Umoja, Chair and Professor of African – American Studies

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Learning in the Age of Social Media with Dr. Megan Boler

More Resources

In addition to her talk, Dr. Boler prepared these teaching resources and links related to “pedagogies of discomfort” and controversial issues/events. If you’re interested in helping students engage with issues related to race, class, gender, religion, or other justice-related issues, check out these resources.