Acknowledging the Dark, Moving in the Light

22 October 2020, 17:30 - 18:30

portrait of a women wearing glasses, she has dark curly hair and dark skin.

Acknowledging the Dark, Moving in the Light: Black Thought, Social Justice, and Embracing a Humanizing Critical Sociocultural Knowledge of Teaching, with Prof. Keffrelyn D. Brown.

From the racial inequities exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic to the widespread protests against police brutality, antiblackness, and racial injustice in the U.S., educators are working in the midst of dark, violent, and oppressive conditions. These are not new. They reflect the long journey to freedom—one paved by Black educators that bore witness to both struggle and hope. This presentation explores the legacy of Black movement during the bleakest of circumstances. Drawing from critical race theory and Black intellectual I show the power of sitting with the dark, while employing a humanizing critical sociocultural knowledge of teaching to reveal what’s hidden and illuminate a pathway forward to justice.

Keffrelyn D. Brown (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a Professor of Cultural Studies in Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the co-founder and director for the Center of Innovation in Race, Teaching, and Curriculum, at the University of Texas, Austin. She holds a faculty appointment in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on the sociocultural knowledge of race in teaching and curriculum, critical multicultural teacher education and the educational discourses and intellectual thought related to African Americans and their educational experiences in the U.S.

Keffrelyn has published over 40 books, journal articles, book chapters and other educational texts. She serves on the editorial boards for several well-recognized peer-reviewed journals including Teachers College Record, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education and Urban Education. Her most recent book, After the “At-Risk” Label: Reorienting Risk in Educational Policy and Practice was published by Teachers College Press. Keffrelyn has received recognition for both her research and teaching. In 2017 she received the Division K Mid-career Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2013 she was awarded the Kappa Delta Pi/Division K Early Career Research Award from AERA. She is also the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Wisconsin-Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant. In 2012 she received the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching award, the highest teaching honor given for excellence in undergraduate teaching across the University of Texas system. She was inducted in the Provost’s Teaching Fellows program at UT-Austin in 2017.

Event presented as part of ARU's Education Research Seminar Series, School of Education and Social Care.

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22 October 2020, 17:30 - 18:30
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