Hip Hop Civics Ed, May 11

A talk with Dr. Bettina Love

The College of Education’s teacher education and school improvement  concentration presents a public talk by Dr. Bettina L. Love, an award-winning author and associate professor of educational theory & practice at the University of Georgia, Wednesday, May 11 at UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Love will discuss how Hip Hop Civics Ed, when linked to the framework of intersectionality, creates a space where Black lives matter and analytic sensibilities are nurtured to engage students in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice. Her talk will end by calling for educators not only to teach students about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in their communities through innovative and radical civic initiatives and movements, but also to expose youth to the possibilities that come with envisioning a world built on Black joy.

Love’s research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and social justice. She also concentrates on transforming urban classrooms through the use of non-traditional educational curricula and classroom structures. Recently, Love was named the Nasir Jones Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Center at Harvard University for spring of 2016, where she developed a multimedia Hip Hop civics curriculum for middle to high school students. Event is co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst College of Education, the Center for Youth Engagement and Five Colleges Inc.  Free and open to the public.

Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality & Black Joy
A public talk by Dr. Bettina L. Love, associate professor, University of Georgia

Wednesday, May 11
4:00 - 5:30pm

UMass Center at Springfield
Tower Square
1500 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01115


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