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2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference

2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference

Join the Race & Pedagogy Institute at the University of Puget Sound September 27–29, 2018 for its fourth quadrennial Race & Pedagogy National Conference. This year's theme is "Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation."

2018 RPNC: Inside the conference

2018 RPNC: Inside the conference

Take a look at how this conference is re-imagining the project of justice.

#RPNC2018 Promotional Video

Race & Pedagogy National Conference

 Welcome to the 4th Quadrennial Race & Pedagogy National Conference
 Sept. 27–29, 2018

Registration Check-In is located in the Memorial Fieldhouse Number 28 on the Puget Sound Campus Map

Keynotes/Plenary Sessions are located in the Memorial Fieldhouse

View/print an overview of the conference structure and schedule.

To navigate the conference sessions/events/exhibits you need to download GUIDEBOOK, an app you can find more information about here: Or you can search in your APP store on your cellphone for GUIDEBOOK. Download the app and search for Race and Pedagogy to find our program.  If you do not have a mobile device, you may access the information at:

Please be sure to TAG us in images you take at the conference, or posts you make on social media. #RPNC2018

RPNC 2018 will host a Photo Contest this conference year. If you think one of your pictures represents the themes of the conference please consider submitting your image. View the Photo Contest Application.

Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation

Every four years, the University of Puget Sound and the Race & Pedagogy Institute welcome more than 2,000 local, regional, national, and international participants to engage issues of race and to discuss the impact of race on education. Each conference builds on the success of the last and contributes new perspectives to the conversation. Join us, September 27 - 29, 2018, to explore the theme Radically Re-Imagining the Project of Justice: Narratives of Rupture, Resilience, and Liberation. Major sub-themes are: Rupturing the Logics of Domination: Urgencies in the Project of Justice; Undoing Miseducation: Reclaiming and Rewriting Narratives of Liberation; and Radical Transformations: New Publics, New Social Contracts.

The Conference will include Keynote, Spotlight, and Concurrent sessions. Conversation Spaces will be built into the program to multiply opportunities for more informal interactions among attendees around selected topics drawn from the formal sessions. As part of the Institute’s commitment to understanding the arts as public pedagogy, the fine and performing arts will speak, in campus and community spaces, to the trauma and costly yields of entering the archives of painful histories of dehumanization and internment; to the similarly and differently turbulent and violent crossings through which migrations, genocide and enslavement have been wrought; to Tacoma’s own struggles for justice over the course of many years. The Conference will also feature a Youth Summit for middle and high school students built on the Institute’s engagement with Washington State public schools.  In addition, a conference strand designed by PreK–12 educators will focus on Unlearning Racism and wrestling with issues of representation, curriculum, and pedagogy in public schools and teacher preparation. 

Clock hours and professional development credits will be available for local statewide educators. Conference participants will have access to a digital program platform that will serve as a guide for choosing and moving through the Conference program to craft a rich educational experience and for making connections with other attendees.


Registration - Pre-Conference/Online Registration Closed on Friday, September 21, 2018

Online/Pre-Conference Registration for the fourth quadrennial Race & Pedagogy National Conference, September 27-29, 2018, closed on Friday, September 21. In-person registration will be available on Thursday, September 27 - Saturday, September 29, as space allows.  The full registration amount will be $400; single day (either Friday only or Saturday only) registration will be $250.  The group rate for 10 persons is $2500 and $250 for each person beyond the first ten. The student rate for non-Puget Sound students is $250 for the full conference.  

Scholarship funds. This enacts a main tenet of the Race & Pedagogy Institute that registration cost should not be a barrier to conference engagement, and thus significant work is being done to raise funds. 

To be notified of conference updates and other Race & Pedagogy Institute happenings, please send email to with Add to Mailing List in the Subject line.


Call for Proposals - Closed Friday, March 9, 2018

Proposals were due via online submission form by Friday, March 9, 2018.  Thank you for your submissions.

Race & Pedagogy Institute staff is eager to assist you with questions about the Conference and submission process. Send your questions via e-mail to or telephone 253.879.2435.

Call for Proposals    Submission Guidelines   

Call for Student Posters - Closed Friday, May 25, 2018

The Race & Pedagogy Institute invited students, at all levels and across all disciplines, to present work at the 2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference.  

Student Poster Guidelines