Friday, October 05, 2012

Race and Social Justice in Education Symposium Series to continue with a talk by Maisha T. Winn on October 18

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On Thursday, October 18, 2012, this year's Race and Social Justice in Education Symposium Series will continue with a talk by Maisha T. Winn, associate professor of language, literacy, and culture of educational studies at Emory University. Her talk, “The Politics of Desire and Possibility in Urban Playwriting: (Re)reading and (Re)writing the Script,” will draw from research featured in Dr. Winn’s recently published book, Girl Time: Literacy, Justice, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline. She will present her analysis of scripts written by incarcerated girls in playwriting and performance workshops conducted in regional youth detention centers and performed by formerly incarcerated girls in a program called Girl Time in a southeastern city. Dr. Winn will show that the scripts of these “urban playwrights” are not only focused on possible lives beyond detainment and incarceration, but also provide educators, policymakers, and concerned citizens with critical information about how to best support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated girls. The talk will take place in the Brownlee Room (2327) from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Maisha T. Winn is a former public elementary school and high school teacher and has worked extensively with youth in urban schools and in out-of-school contexts throughout the United States. Her research has included an ethnographic study of student poets in New York City, an ethno-history of African American readers, writers, and speakers of the Black Arts Movement, and most recently, an examination of the intersection of arts in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated girls.

This event is sponsored by the School of Education, the Horace H. Rackham Graduate School, Becoming Educators of Tomorrow (BET), and the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context (CSBYC). I hope you can attend what promises to be an interesting and engaging talk.

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