Friday, October 5
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. NE

Topic: Creating Community Conscious Digital Leadership at Georgia State University

Speakers: Tiffany Green-Abdullah, Learning Community Development Manager, and Joel Mack, Digital Learners to Leaders Past Student Team Leader 

Georgia State University and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning developed Digital Learners to Leaders (DLL) as an experiential and co-curricular solution to underrepresentation of women and minorities in technology fields. DLL empowers female and minority students to become more digitally literate. We provide relevant technology and leadership workshops to encourage students to use digitalization to impact their communities. In this workshop, Tiffany and DLL participants will present some of the successes of the program and the digital projects that address social and community issues.

*Note: Please note the location change for this event. Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. NE. 
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Tuesday, November 13
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Topic: Teaching a Terrible Past

Speakers: Doug Blackmon, Director of Public Programs, Executive Producer of American Forum, Writer, Filmmaker, Pulitzer Prize for “Slavery by Another Name.” 

At a time when past abuses in American history, such as false imprisonment, forced labor, mob violence and structured racial oppression, seem more relevant than ever to students grappling with present day police violence, mass incarceration, racist historical symbols, and broad social inequalities, teaching the most terrible dimensions of American history is more crucial than ever. But how do we do it, especially in an information environment flooded with false narratives?

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Spring 2018 Series Recordings

Transgender Identities and Inclusivity in College Classrooms with Jordan Forrest Miller


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.

Fall 2018 Series

Friday, September 14
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m
Topic: Georgia State University Prison Education Project: The Transformational Social Impact of Teaching Incarcerated Populations

Speakers: Professor Marissa McNamara & Dr. Andy Rogers 

This presentation will focus on the development of Georgia State University’s Prison Education Project, a program created to provide college degrees to incarcerated people. We will discuss the need for and success of higher education in prison, explain the program and how interested faculty can get involved, and share our own experiences of what teaching in prisons is like.

Associate Professor Marissa McNamara has been with Georgia State University at Perimeter College for 19 years and teaches writing, literature, and creative writing on the and Online campuses of Perimeter College. She has also taught at Clark University. Ms. McNamara is a poet and a coordinating editor for the college’s journal The Chattahoochee Review. Currently, she is a coordinator for the GSU Prison Education Project and, as such, teaches in local prisons and is involved in building the GSU Prison Education Project.

Dr. Andy Rogers is Associate Chair of English at the Perimeter College of Georgia State University and is a Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator of the Georgia State University Prison Education Project. He is also a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Lost Southern Voices Festival hosted annually by Georgia StateUniversity, and his scholarly work has been cited in Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno.


Engaging Scholarship in a Predatory Environment with Dr. Maryemma Graham


Protest, Power and Possibilities: Agitation Literacies of Black Muslim Girls with Dr. Gholdy Muhammad

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


Related Video

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.