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.
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Spring 2019 Series

Beyond Afrophobia with Dr. Joyce King and Dr. Valora Richardson 

Friday, April 12 | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. | CETL Atlanta Campus

Speakers: Dr. Joyce King (Educational Policy Studies) and Dr. Valora Richardson (Educational Policy Studies, CETL)

Final Workshop in CETL’s Teaching for Social Justice Series for Spring 2019

In their presentation, Teaching for Social Justice: Beyond Afrophobia, Dr. King and Dr. Richardson will demonstrate a social justice instructional development framework built upon authentic knowledge construction, informed by the Black intellectual tradition within an African episteme. This framework emphasizes how the accomplishments and teachings of our collective ancestors benefit all and how locating people in all cultures as subjects with agency affirms their ongoing cultural legacy. Grounded in social justice education pedagogy, elements of this framework include safe, collective and accessible spaces as well as relevant and flexible community-driven content.

Joyce E. King (Ph.D., Sociology of Education, BA Sociology, Stanford University) holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership in College of Education and Human Development. She is a professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and holds affiliated faculty status in the Department of African American Studies, the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute, the Partnership for Urban Health Research and the Urban Studies Institute. Dr. King is past president of the American Educational Research Association, President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (FoodFirst.org), a member of the National African American Reparations Commission and a recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Alumni Excellence Award (2018).

Valora  M. Richardson , Ph.D. is the Manager of Faculty Development and Support and adjunct faculty in Educational policy studies at Georgia State University. She has an extensive career in supporting higher education faculty in the adoption and implementation of technology for instructional use.  In addition, her research interests include educational game and virtual environment development to support heritage knowledge acquisition.

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Spring 2019 Series Recordings

Empowering Students to Close the Social Justice Gap with Darcy Meals

Challenging  the Master Narrative: Teaching for Social Justice to Engage Students & Empower Future Leaders with Dr. Amani Marshall

Congratulations to Dr. Amani Marshall, recipient of CETL’s Teaching for Social Justice and Democracy Award.

Dr. Marshall, lecturer in Georgia State’s history department was recognized for his work redesigning his U.S. History survey course.

Dr. Marshall earned his bachelors degree from Florida A&M University and completed his doctorate at Indiana University. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State, he taught at a wide range of institutions, including Indiana University, University of Delaware, Mount Holyoke College, Agnes Scott College, and the Cambridge School of Weston, a progressive, independent high school in Massachusetts.

 A dedicated educator, Dr. Marshall is committed to using historical studies to empower future leaders. He is particularly adept at tackling difficult topics in U.S. history and teaches a course on the subject for history education majors at Georgia State. He has presented faculty workshops on teaching Black Lives Matter and has been quoted on the topic in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Watch the video of his talk below.


Fall 2018 Series Recordings

Teaching a Terrible Past with Doug Blackmon

Creating Community Conscious Digital Leadership at Georgia State University with Joel Mack

Georgia State University Prison Education Project: The Transformational Social Impact of Teaching Incarcerated Populations with Marissa McNamara and Dr. Andy Rogers

Spring 2018 Series Recordings

Transgender Identities and Inclusivity in College Classrooms with Jordan Forrest Miller

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Engaging Scholarship in a Predatory Environment with Dr. Maryemma Graham

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

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Fall 2017 Series Recordings

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

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The Pedagogical Value of Diversity with Dr Tanya Washington

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

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Spring 2017 Series Recordings

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

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

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Fall 2016 Series Recordings

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

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

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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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Related Video

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

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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.