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Interactive Keynote: Teaching for Black Lives

Event Details

February 27, 2020
4:30 pm

Furcolo Hall

Room: Carney Family Auditorium

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

In this interactive keynote presentation, Dr. Dyan Watson and Dr. Wayne Au, two editors of the book, Teaching for Black Lives, will discuss their book and the overall project of making Black lives matter in schools. This presentation will include a discussion between Dr. Watson and Dr. Au, a classroom activity, and an audience Q & A. 

A book signing and public reception will follow. Free and open to all. Young people welcome.

Wayne Au
A former public high school teacher, Wayne Au is a Professor in the School of Educational Studies and is currently serving as the Dean of Diversity & Equity for the University of Washington Bothell. He is a long-time editor for the social justice teaching magazine, Rethinking Schools, and his work focuses on both academic and public scholarship about high-stakes testing, charter schools, teaching for social justice, and anti-racist education. Recently, Dr. Au has been working in the Seattle area to support Black Lives Matter and Ethnic Studies in Seattle Schools and surrounding districts. His recent books include Rethinking Ethnic Studies (co-edited with Tolteka Cuahatin, Miguel Zavala, & Christine Sleeter, Rethinking Schools, 2019), Teaching for Black Lives (co-edited with Dyan Watson and Jesse Hagopian, Rethinking Schools, 2018), A Marxist Education (Haymarket, 2018) and Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of the U.S. Curriculum (co-authored with Anthony Brown and Dolores Calderon, TC Press, 2016). He was honored with the UWB Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015, given the William H. Watkins award for scholar activism from the Society of Professors of Education in 2017, and was honored with the Distinguished K-12 Educational Leader Award from the Evergreen State College MiT program in 2019.

Dyan Watson
Dyan Watson teaches at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling in Portland, Oregon. She teaches methods classes for pre-service social studies teachers, research methods classes for doctoral students, and researches how race mediates teaching. Watson began her professional career teaching math and writing for young mothers working on their GEDs in Portland, Oregon. She taught social studies at the high school level in a suburb of Portland before pursuing her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Watson is an editor for Rethinking Schools, and the author of “’Urban but not too urban’: Unpacking Teachers' Desires to Teach Urban Students”, “Norming suburban: How teachers talk about race without using race words,” and “A Letter from a Black Mom to Her Son”; as well as the co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives, Rethinking Elementary Education, and Rhythm and Resistance: Teaching Poetry for Social Justice.

Presented by the UMass Amherst Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies and co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke College, the Hampshire College Critical Studies of Childhood Youth and Learning Program, and the following UMass Amherst entities: the Graduate School; Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research; College of Education; Critical Educators Research Collective; Student Affairs and Campus Life Advocacy, Inclusion and Support Programs.

Offered in conjunction with the 2019-2020 History Institute: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies and Teaching for Black Lives.