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
In this session, Dr. Joyce King and Dr. Valora Richardson will discuss the importance of building curriculum on authentic knowledge informed by the black intellectual tradition and an African episteme, as well as teaching strategies that locate people in all cultures as subjects with agency whose actions embody their ongoing cultural legacy. In the second half of the presentation, Dr. King and Dr. Richardson will put forth an instructional development framework that is grounded in social justice education pedagogy and considers several necessary components of social justice education such as safe, collective and accessible spaces, relevant and flexible content that is community driven.
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.
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
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
Learning in the Age of Social Media with Dr. Megan Boler
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.