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Friday, April 6 • 8:00am - 9:25am
FR8.00.10 Race, Neo-liberalism, and Resistance: Scholar-Activists’ Theoretical and Practical Work in the Movement to Save and Transform Urban Public Education

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The latest upsurge in the educational justice movement has raised a dozen new questions about the commodification of education, racial justice, tactical unity, and the possibility of successful resistance.   Given the intense pressure to commodify educational services, is there hope for saving public education?   Is there solidarity between those who fight neo-liberalism and those who fight racism?  Given the history of racial injustice within the public schools, is the fight for public education actually the answer for families of color?  Can solidarity between unions and community exist beyond defensive battles and extend to a new vision for schools?  Are the perceived “rules” of academia an impediment to activism?    How do scholars whose own lives make them part of these movements combine participation in them and writing about them?

Each of the colloquy participants has given leadership to some aspect of these movements while working to theorize both their trajectories and their significance.  Our colloquy examines the ways activism informs scholarship, and conversely, the roles scholar-activists are playing in the movements. There will be time devoted to an exchange on these topics by everyone in the room.  

Moderator: Jaron Epstein, Holy Names University

Solidarity in Black and White:  The Importance of Race in Progressive Educational Movements 
Kimberly Mayfield Lynch, Holy Names University

Remaking Racial Capitalism:  The Role of Race in Neoliberal School Reform   
Nirali Jani, Holy Names University

Place-Identity at a Predominantly White Institution: Civic Engagement in My City 
Anetha Ann Perry, Rutgers University

Thinking Big: The Role of “Scholar-Activists" in Transforming Urban Education and Urban Society 
Kitty Kelly Epstein, Holy Names University

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Kitty Kelly Epstein

Professor, Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University
In 2013 Kitty Kelly Epstein was honored with the Activist Scholar Award at the national conference of the Urban Affairs Association.  This was based on her work in Oakland, California where she led an innovation in democracy that consisted of 41 groups comprised of 800 people whose... Read More →
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Anetha A Perry

Graduate, Ph.D. Student, Rutgers University Camden
Anetha Ann Perry (affectionately also known as “Sis. Perry”), was raised in Camden, NJ, which is known as a poverty stricken, high crime and poorly educated population. She is currently a full-time, 3rd year Ph.D. graduate assistant at Rutgers University - Camden, Department... Read More →
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Kimberly Mayfield Lynch, Holy Names University

Dean- School of Education, Holy Names Univeristy
Kimberly Mayfield is an Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Holy Names University. She received her doctorate in Learning and Instruction from the University of San Francisco. Her research interests and activism include creating a permanent diverse teaching... Read More →
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Nirali Jani, Holy Names University

Assistant Professor
Research interests:  school reform; neoliberal governance; urban educational policy and discourse; race and racial justice; teacher education in neoliberal contexts; community organizing

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Jaron Epstein, Holy Names University

Graduate Student, Holy Names University

Friday April 6, 2018 8:00am - 9:25am EDT
Huron (2nd Floor)