Building on the success of previous conferences the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference will again welcome more than 2,000 local, regional, national, and international participants to engage issues of race and its impact on education.
The theme for the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference is “What NOW is the Work of Education and Justice?: Mapping a New Critical Conscience.” In asking “What Now?” the conference challenges us to align concepts of education and justice in ways that call for conscience, critique, and change. The conference offerings include critical models of teaching of science and race; reexamination of the criminal justice system including the problem of disparities in discipline in our schools and its connection to a pipeline to prison as part of our nation’s mass incarceration that has been characterized as the “New Jim Crow;” innovations in public education including, recruitment and retention of teachers of color, culturally responsive teaching, and other efforts to achieve equity; methods of documenting and researching social struggles, and explorations of institutional change processes.
We have assembled an impressive roster of high profile keynote speakers for the conference: civil rights activist, prison abolitionist, and professor Angela Davis; indigenous and environmental rights advocate and former Green Party vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke; Harvard professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.; and sociologist and Duke University professor, Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. These four keynote speakers will headline an extraordinary team of educators including scholars, artists, administrators, activists, and teachers and students at all levels who will deliver a conference program of special spotlight sessions as well as more than 50 concurrent panels, roundtables, poster sessions, artistic installations, music, and theatre productions.
We look forward to your engagement and participation at the Conference in September!