Public Talk: "Critical Family History as a Tool for Confronting Today's Social Justice Issues"

Public Talk: "Critical Family History as a Tool for Confronting Today's Social Justice Issues"

Wednesday, November 19th, 11:30 am
Campus Center 163C, UMass Amherst

In this brown bag lunch discussion, Christine Sleeter will speak about a critical social justice methodology she pioneered, "critical family history." Sleeter will illustrate what it can reveal about connections between past and present with two examples from her own family research: 1) connections between suppression of German culture and language in the Midwest in the early 1900s and struggles of Latinos today to maintain culture and language; and 2) the contribution of theft of Indigenous lands long ago to today's racial disparities in family wealth. Based on her work with teachers, she will then suggest how critical family history might be used with young people in schools.

Christine Sleeter, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982) is Professor Emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University Monterey Bay, where she was a founding faculty member. Sleeter has published over 100 articles in journals and edited books, such as Educational Researcher, Multicultural Review, Urban Education, and Teaching and Teacher Education. Her recent books include Diversifying the Teacher Workforce (Routledge, 2014, with L. I. Neal and K. K. Kumashiro), Power, Teaching and Teacher Education (Peter Lang, 2013), and Professional Development for Culturally Responsive and Relationship-based Pedagogy (Peter Lang, 2013).

Sleeter's talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Communication and many other units in the Five College community. Complementary coffee and dessert will be available.

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:30am to 1:30pm