Book Talk: Education at War, with Arshad Ali, Tuesday, 2/26, 1-2:30pm

306 Russell

Please join us for a discussion of Education at War: The Fight for Students of Color in America's Public Schools (Fordham University Press, 2018), edited by Arshad Imtiaz Ali and Tracy Lachica Buenavista.

"On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the anti-war speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” in New York City at the Riverside Church. At the time, the United States framed its intervention in Vietnam as a mechanism to protect democracy worldwide. While this supposed defense of democracy raged on thousands of miles away, social protests for racial equity, political representation, and an economic livelihood for its most disenfranchised communities spread across the United States. Highlighting this contradiction in his anti-war speech, King presented his doubts regarding the government’s ability to eliminate the materialism, militarism, and racism that built the nation, a plight that continues today. Written from the perspectives of education practitioners and scholars who have personal histories with global war via (settler) colonialism, immigration, and subsequent disenfranchisement in the United States, Education at War addresses the vestiges of war that shape the lives of youth of color.

This thought-provoking collection of essays reveals how the contemporary specter of war has become a central way that racism and materialism are manifested and practiced within education. Education at War asserts that the contemporary neoliberal characterization of education and school-based reform is situated within the global political economy that has facilitated growth in the prison and military industrial complex, and simultaneous divestment from education domestically. Essays examine anti-war projects across the K–20 education continuum with chapters from educators who are from and/or work directly with the communities often pathologized in “damage-centered” educational discourse. The authors do not just frame the conditions faced by our communities as state-mediated but also as collectively resisted."

-- Publisher's Book Summary

Arshad Imtiaz Ali is Assistant Professor of Educational Research in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University. He earned a masters degree at Harvard University and a doctorate at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University and University College London. Dr. Ali’s research examines the construction of racial identities through exploring the tropes of democracy, liberalism, and modernity in the lives of the youth. The fundamental question he is concerned with is how young people from historically marginalized communities come to make sense of urban life in the U.S., and how they find meaning in their lives through understanding the manifestations of political and cultural ideologies in daily action.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) and the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs (ODCA). Erica Walker, Professor of Mathematics and Education and IUME Director, will welcome attendees and introduce guest speakers. Please rsvp with your interest and details by Monday, February 25th.

Where: 306 Russell


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