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NYCoRE – THIRD ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Education is a Right!

Not Just for the Rich or White

NEW YORKCOLLECTIVE OF RADICAL EDUCATORS (NYCoRE)

 

Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012

Location: Julia Richman Education Complex

317 East 67th Street, New York, NY10065

View Current List of Workshops
To Register: Conference Registration Page

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Kumashiro
Kevin Kumashiro is professor of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was formerly chair of Educational Policy Studies and interim co-director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy.  He directs the UIC AANAPISI Initiative, funded by $3.9 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Supporting Institutions (AANAPISI) grants programs.  He has taught in schools and colleges across the United States and abroad, and has consulted for universities, school districts, and state and federal agencies.  He has authored or edited nine books on education and activism, including Troubling Education, which received the 2003 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award; Against Common Sense: Teaching and Learning toward Social Justice; and The Seduction of Common Sense: How the Right has Framed the Debate on America’s Schools.  He is the founding director of the Center for Anti-Oppressive Education, and the president-elect (2010-2012) of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

2012 Conference Overview:

Over the past year, our country and the world have witnessed increasingly visible protests against the influence of private pursuit of profit over our public institutions and interests. This spirit of protest has developed in tandem with the proliferation of spaces for critiquing the injustice of this system and organizing communities of resistance. An ongoing struggle within many of these spaces has been acknowledging the ways in which historical and ongoing racism has caused the pursuit of profit to have far more devastating effects on communities of Color than on White communities. The annual NYCoRE conference seeks to carry out anti-racist work by addressing these disparities in the context of our education system. Our goal is to carry forward the spirit of protest by critiquing the current profit-driven policies and culture of our school system, and specifically identify the ways in which racism is intertwined with those policies. We also seek to be a space for building something new, for taking steps toward the more just, equitable world of which we dream. Through this conference, we hope to build connections, to gain inspiration, and to share practical ideas for creating spaces that work to fight racism rather than ignoring it. To this end, we are seeking workshops that will be of relevance to educators in varied settings that are diverse in their focus topics. Relevant political critiques are welcomed, as are curricular ideas, classroom strategies, presentations on community work, and other ideas for inspiring practice.

Goals of the Conference

* To share information and critical thinking around the conference theme, namely examining the relationship between the influence of private interests and the perpetuation of racial injustice

* To provide stakeholders in the education system with information and new ideas that can strengthen our effectiveness as activists, both within our classrooms (and other sites) and beyond them

* To forge connections between and among educators, researchers, parents, activists, and students, fostering new and innovative partnerships and collaborations

* To develop structures for ongoing discussion and working groups about education and social justice

* To organize a national voice in the ongoing debate over education reform

* To plan actions, advocacy, future meetings

* To bridge the gap between youth and educators by creating a space to make young voices heard.

* To develop and share ideas for inspiring practice, both inside classrooms and in communities

Conference Theme: Education is a Right – Not Just for the Rich or White!

In New York City, public schools have faced merciless budget cuts, resulting in growing class sizes, lack of materials, and huge layoffs. These cuts disproportionately affect schools in communities of Color. Meanwhile, our state and local government continue to award huge contracts to private consulting firms, charter schools, and other corporations. Patterns of resource distribution reveal the values of those making the funding decisions. These patterns are telling in their prioritization of profit over people, as well as in their disregard for communities of Color.

We seek to create opportunities for deepening our understanding of the intersection of racism and the neo-liberal agenda so that we can more effectively organize against them. This is a forum for provocative questioning, for story-telling, for information-gathering, for inspiration, for developing our craft, for activism, for providing new fuel to the ongoing struggle for justice.

 

Location:Vanguard High School

317 East 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

 

NYCoRE: http://www.nycore.org/

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Mike Cole

Mike Cole’s latest book

RACISM AND EDUCATION IN THE U.K. AND THE U.S. – TOWARDS A SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE

By Mike Cole

Marxism and Education Series: Palgrave Macmillan

‘This is one of the most important contributions to the debates about international racism from one of the most outstanding Marxist scholars. This book is a gem.’ –– Alpesh Maisuria, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

‘Mike Cole offers a devastating dissection of the appalling history and current realities of racism in the UK and the U.S., and in particular its manifestations in the educational system. He also presents an excellent synopsis of Venezuela’s efforts to develop a new, socially just and inclusive alternative in education which is an integral part of that country’s pioneering struggle to build ‘socialism for the twenty-first century.’ Cole’s latest book will be of great value in making students and educationalists consider progressive alternatives to the impoverished curricula and structures within which they operate at present.’ –– Diana Raby, Senior Research Fellow, Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, UK

Following the success of the widely acclaimed Critical Race Theory and Education: a Marxist Response (Palgrave, 2009), in this new book Mike Cole extends his Marxist analysis to include key concepts from the work of neo-Marxists Antonio Gramsci and Louis Althusser. Cole begins by addressing what is distinctive about a neo-Marxist analysis. He then provides his own broad definition of racism and examines the differences between schooling and education, while outlining some practical antiracist classroom strategies for use in the UK and the U.S.

Racism and Education in the U.K and the U.S. – by Mike Cole: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=412084  

CONTENTS:

Socialism, Marxism, and neo-Marxism

Racism in theU.K.

Racism in theU.S.

Racism, Schooling and Education Against Racism in theU.K.and theU.S.

Twenty-First Century Socialism and Education in theBolivarianRepublicofVenezuela

Implications for Multicultural Antiracist Socialist Practice in the Educational Institutions

MIKE COLE is Emeritus Research Professor in Education and Equality and Director of the Centre for Education for Social Justice at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, UK. He is the author of Marxism and Educational Theory: Origins and Issues, (2008), and editor of Professional Attributes and Practice for Student Teachers, 4th Edition (2008), Equality in the Secondary School: Promoting Good Practice Across the Curriculum (2009), and Education, Equality and Human Rights: Issues of Gender, ‘Race’, Sexual Orientation, Disability and Social Class, 3rd Edition (2011).

*For information about Mike Cole’s previous book: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=329203

June 2011 Hardback £55.00 £27.50* 978-0-230-10379-5; Paperback £18.00 £14.40* 978-0-230-10380-1

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Critical Pedagogy

CRITICAL PEDAGOGIES IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: A CONFERENCE ON TRANSFORMATIVE PEDAGOGIES

Call for Papers

Critical Theories in the Twenty First Century: A Conference of Transformative Pedagogies

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Conference Founders: Curry Malott, John Elmore, and Brad Porfilio

November 18th and 19th 2011

Proposals for papers, panels, performances, workshops, and other multimedia presentations should include title(s) and names and contact information for presenter(s). The deadline for sending prooposals is August 31, 2011. The Steering Committee will email acceptance or rejection notices by September 8, 2011. The proposal formats available to the presenters are as follows:

The general purpose of the West Chester Critical Theory Conference is to promote and support critical scholarship within students, and to advance critical theory and pedagogy more generally. By “advance” we mean to expose more people to critical practices and understandings as part of the process of the development of theory.

Through this focus we hope to work toward unifying and strengthening the sub-genres of critical pedagogy from Marxism, critical race theory, to critical neo-colonial studies. This goal is approached through the conferences internal pedagogy and therefore through a horizontal rather than a vertical organizing structure; by including students and classroom teachers in the critical pedagogical work dominated by professors; and by attempting to create a space where criticalists who do not usually work together can create meaningful unity, respect, and common goals. Since the dominant form of power in the twenty first century—neoliberal capitalist power—is both multicultural and global, critical pedagogy must too become more multicultural and global if it is to pose a significant challenge to it for a more democratic life after capitalism.

Because critical theory is concerned with not only understanding the world, but with transforming it, the conference is focused on not only understanding the consequences of an unjust social and economic system (i.e. corporate take-over of schools, high stakes testing and behaviorist pedagogy, micro classroom aggressions and bullying, poverty, racism, sexism, white supremacy, homophobia, perpetual war, ableism, etc.), but with transforming or dissolving their root causes (i.e. neoliberal capitalism and settler-state, Euro-centric oppression and their patriarchal, homophobic, racist, etc. hegemonies). As part of this goal the conference will hopefully provide introductory discussions and presentations on critical pedagogy and critical theory.

SUBMISSIONS
Proposal Formats

Individual Proposal: (45 minutes)
The conference committee welcomes individual paper proposals, with the understanding that those accepted will be grouped together around common or overlapping themes, Presenters will have approximately 45 minutes to present or summarize their individual papers. Individual paper submissions will be considered for panels with the same topic/theme. If you would prefer to present your paper/research individually you should consider the alternative format proposal. A 300-500 word abstract of the paper will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Symposium Proposal: (90 minutes)
Presenters are also welcomed to submit proposals for a symposium. A symposium is typically composed of a chair and discussant and three to five participants who present or summarize their papers. Each symposium is organized around a common theme. Each participant will have between 15 and 45 minutes to present their papers, depending upon the number of participants involved in the symposium. A 300-500 word abstract of the symposium will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Panel Proposal: (90 minutes)
A panel discussion is another venue available presenters. A panel discussion is typically composed of three to six participants who discuss their scholarly work within the context of a dialogue or conversation on a topic or theme related to the conference theme. Typically, each panelist is given 10-15 minutes to discuss the topic, present theoretical ideas, and/or point to relevant research. A chair should be identified who introduces the panel and frames the issues and questions being addressed. In addition to the chair, we encourage (but do not require) organizers of panels to include a discussant who responds to the comments of the panelists. Individual proposal submissions will be combined into panels with the same theme/topic. A 300-500 word abstract of the panel discussion will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Alternative Format and Special Interest Groups (90 minutes)
Alternative proposals that do not fit into the above categories, such as workshops, performances, video and multimedia presentations, and round-table dialogues, are encouraged. We also welcome proposals for the organization of special interest groups. A 150-250 word abstract of the panel discussion will be peer reviewed for acceptance to the conference.

Email proposals to conference coordinators Brad Porfilio (porfilio16@aol.com) and Curry Malott (currymalott@hotmail.com) by August 31, 2011.

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