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The College of Arts and Sciences Community Conversations

The College of Arts and Sciences and its faculty welcome you—from our neighborhoods, campus and larger communities across the city—to join us for conversations on the important and urgent topics of the day. Please come and engage the scholars and experts of our community as we discuss and work through together the many issues that challenge us, confuse us, and above all move us to think and explore together in collective inquiry and conversation. Free; all are welcome! For more information email t-libretti@neiu.edu.

Whole Educator, Whole Child: The Impact of Educator Wellness on Successful Learning Environments
February 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Lech Walesa Hall 1002

Speakers: 
Vanessa Ahmed: NBCT, Founder of Yawpster, co-facilitator
Reginald Grigsby: MA, District 215 educator, co-founder of Brother 2 Brother
Troy LaRaviere: President Chicago Principals & Administrators Association
Erika Wozniak: Recipient of 2016 AFT “Everyday Heroes” teacher division award
Adeeb Odeh: Curriculum Coordinator for BAM/Youth Guidance
Dr. Tim Duggan: Associate Professor of Secondary Education, NEIU
Co-Facilitator: Dr. Timothy Libretti, English Department Chair, Northeastern Illinois University

Race, Education, and the Current Political Climate
February 22, 2018, 6 to 9 p.m.
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Auditorium

Featuring: Dr. Sunni Ali, Professor, CCICS; Dr. Flavian Prince, META 24 and Member of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Committee on Race Relations; NEIU students

Join Dr. Sunni Ali, Dr. Flavian Prince, and NEIU students for a conversation about the relationship between racial politics and educational policies and practices in today’s political world.

Black Women’s Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation, and Healing
Within and the Beyond the Academy

February 27, 2018.  5:30 to 7 p.m.   
Golden Eagles Room

A discussion with Professors Sharon Bethea, Olivia Perlow, BarBara Scott, and Durene Wheeler.

Please join NEIU Professors Bethea, Perlow, Scott, and Wheeler for a discussion of their recently published book. This interdisciplinary anthology sheds light on the frameworks and lived experiences of Black women educators. Contributors for this anthology submitted works from an array of academic disciplines and learning environments, inviting readers to bear witness to black women faculty’s classroom experiences, as well as their pedagogical approaches both inside and outside of the higher education classroom that have fostered transformative teaching-learning environments. Through this multidimensional lens, the editors and contributors view instruction and learning as a political endeavor aimed at changing the way we think about teaching, learning, and praxis. 

#MeToo Moment and Momentum: How Do We Make the Deeper Changes around Sex, Gender, Race and Power?
March 6, 2018,  6:30 to 8 p.m. 
Room TBA

Speakers:
Dr. Nancy Matthews, Professor, Justice Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies
Terrie Albano, Freelance journalist and NEIU alumna
Dr. Vicki Byard, Professor, English
Other Speakers from Unite Here, TBA

Relocating the Difference: Fake News and Fact in the Age of Trump
March 13, 2018,  6:30 to 8 p.m.
​Room TBA

Speaker: Dr. Tim Scherman, Professor, English

“Fake news”—or more specifically, the newly pervasive difficulty in establishing the difference between what we used to call “fact” and political opinion—has dominated the media since the candidacy of the current president became, for lack of a better word, “serious,” in the summer of 2015. For many, the effects of the president’s habit of insisting on, in print and word, what is for so many patently and demonstrably false can be traced to the simple will to exercise power, for what could demonstrate arbitrary power more than one’s freedom from the rules of logic or evidence, or the history of established facts on which our system of law, for example, rests? 

Myriad responses and solutions to this phenomenon have been circulated and repeated, the most futile of which is probably “impeachment,” grounded in a focus on “facts” themselves—as if presenting people with new facts (to be distinguished magically from “alternative” facts) might change their minds or clarify their views. More subtle responses have addressed “facts” within the context of the forms of argument used in their production and maintenance. In this conversation, I hope to inspire further consideration of this last, in addition to, most importantly, the material means by which the whole problem is persistently, if in some cases inadvertently, maintained, along with the putatively “apolitical” business model at its base.  

Making Our Communities Healthy, Affordable, and Inclusive: Challenges and Opportunities
April 3, 2018,  6:30 to 8 p.m. 
Student Union 003

Featured guests from the North River Commission, Chicago Housing Authority, and more

Join NEIU faculty, local aldermen, as well as folks from the North River Commission, the Chicago Housing Authority, neighborhood associations and more for a lively and informative conversation about ways to address the need for affordable housing in our community areas and the importance of maintaining income diversity which creates strong, healthy communities. The attendee will be better informed on affordable housing programs and strategies, its need in our neighborhoods, and thus encouraged to be involved in future community discussions on housing projects to help retain local residents.
 

THESE CONVERSATIONS ARE JUST THE BEGINNING OF AN ONGOING SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES WILL BE HOSTING FOR OUR MANY COMMUNITIES, SO KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR MORE, AND FEEL FREE TO SUGGEST TOPICS OR ISSUES YOU’D LIKE US TO ADDRESS.

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