Speaker Series

Critical Transformation in Action

Speaker Series

As part of the MAET commitment to experiential learning, students from all concentrations participate in an external speaker series composed of course-based and freestanding lectures, workshops, and site visits aimed at exposing our students to experts engaged deeply in the ongoing and critical work of educational transformation in action. Through participation in this series, students engage and build a professional network with practitioners in the fields of instruction, advocacy, and policy, including academic researchers, local policymakers, classroom educators, and civic society leaders.

Upcoming Events

For the second annual speaker series, MAET thrilled to host a slate of educators, activists, and scholars working at the intersections of identity, equity, and access under the banner of “Excellence & Identity in Education: Transforming Practice & Policy.” All events listed below are free and open to the public. If you want to join us in-person, RSVP and we’ll see you there! Can’t make it but still want access to the content? Let us know you’re catching the livestream or coming back for archival video.

For our first event on October 26, William Ming Liu of the University of Maryland at College Park will be joining us to present “Epistemology of White Supremacy & Privilege,” a talk addressing the pervasiveness of White supremacy and White privilege in education, the manner in which they operate in our classrooms, and the role of existing practices favoring color-blind strategies in recreating and recentering the classroom as a White cultural and physical space.

Alongside Liu will be Edwin Mayorga of Swarthmore College, presenting “Race Radicalism in Research, Policy & Practice.” Premised on the notion that we live in a social and educational system based on structural racism and global capitalism, Mayorga’s talk will contemplate race radicalism as practices of antiracist thinking, struggle, and politics in urban educational research, policy, and pedagogy, providing a race radical mapping of processes of dominance and sobrevivencia in cities and urban schools as a means of moving toward collective justice and liberation.

As the year progresses, we will also be joined by Jason Irizarry of the University of Connecticut, Cristóbal Rodríguez of Howard University, Bree Picower of Montclair State University, Paul Gorski of George Mason University, Susan Douglass of Georgetown, Tatyana Kleyn of the City College of New York, and several National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows.