Book Talks: Flunking Democracy, with Michael Rebell, Thursday, 4/19 4-5:30pm

We are delighted to host the following book talks in April:

  • Flunking Democracy: Schools, Courts, and Civic Participation, with Michael Rebell, Thursday, 4/19, 4-5:30pm


  • "The 2016 presidential election campaign and its aftermath have underscored worrisome trends in the present state of our democracy: the extreme polarization of the electorate, the dismissal of people with opposing views, and the widespread acceptance and circulation of one-sided and factually erroneous information. Only a small proportion of those who are eligible actually vote, and a declining number of citizens actively participate in local community activities.

    In Flunking Democracy, Michael A. Rebell makes the case that this is not a recent problem, but rather that for generations now, America’s schools have systematically failed to prepare students to be capable citizens. Rebell analyzes the causes of this failure, provides a detailed analysis of what we know about how to prepare students for productive citizenship, and considers examples of best practices. Rebell further argues that this civic decline is also a legal failure—a gross violation of both federal and state constitutions that can only be addressed by the courts. Flunking Democracy concludes with specific recommendations for how the courts can and should address this deficiency, and is essential reading for anyone interested in education, the law, and democratic society."
    -- Summary

    Michael A. Rebell is the executive director of the Center for Educational Equity, professor of practice in law and educational policy at Teachers College, Columbia University, and adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School. He is the author of many books, including Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity through the State Courts, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

    This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of External Affairs. Michael Rebell will be introduced by James Gardner, Associate Vice President, External Affairs.

    Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, April 17th.

    Where: 306 Russell

  • The Making of Indigeneity, with Ligia López López, Monday, 4/16, 4-5:30pm


  • Topic: The Making of Indigeneity, Curriculum History, and the Limits of Diversity

    In The Making of Indigeneity, López interrogates how what is “indigenous,” as a category of diversity, emerged, has been made, re-made, and is taken up to fund discourses of multiculturalism and interculturalism. Through historical and ethnographic classroom research, López devices event-alizing as a methodological approximation to educational research at the limits of “the educational” to interrogate how liberal and progressive propositions for educating the “Indian” generate particular ways of organizing difference ostensibly meant to serve historically marginalized indigenous peoples. Asking questions of the historical and scientific involvement of anthropology, sociology, law, photography, and education in the making of indigenous as a kind of people, López accounts for the aspirations, activities, and tactics that perpetuate violence on indigenous lives limiting their futurity as un-fixed beings. Formulating a (non)conclusion in the need to stay with the trouble, writing back, speaking poetry that rejects the colonial in the scientific, and occupying the image archive becoming exhibit becoming manifestación/resistance, The Making of Indigeneity offers unsettling propositions.
    -- Summary

    Ligia (Licho) López López is McKenzie Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne - Australia. Her research interests are interrogating diversity, visual studies of difference, youth popular culture, post-foundational avenues to educational inquiry, and Black and Brown affect as Trans-Formation.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Daniel Friedrich, Associate Professor of Curriculum will introduce the speaker and moderate the Q&A.

    Please rsvp no later than Friday, April 13th with your interest and details.

    Where: 305 Russell


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