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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Fwd: Rushern Baker Education Announcement

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From: Rushern Baker <friendsofrushernbaker@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 12:31 PM
Subject: Rushern Baker Education Announcement
To: dcrussell@gmail.com

A Public Service Announcement
Brought to you by the Friends of Rushern Baker

Community Teachers Institute

Symposium 2009:
Community Teachingin Theory and Practice

Saturday, March 14
9 am - 2 pm
Prince George's Community College Rennie Forum
Largo Road, Largo, Maryland 20774
Complimentary Lunch

Featuring two sessions:
"Talking Back": Urban Youth Scripting Identities Around Academic Success, Community
Engagement and Social Justice
Presenter: Dr. Jason G. Irizarry, Community Teachers Institute and University of
Drawing from data collected as part of a multi-year ethnographic study, this presentation
analyzes how a group of urban youth of color enacted scholar activist identities
that allowed them to reconcile their "school kid" and "street kid" (Flores-González,
2002) identities and achieve academic success. These "scripted identities"- evidenced
through written, oral, and multimedia texts produced by the students- allowed the
participants to create new possibilities for their lives, challenging the confines
of otherwise narrowly conceived definitions of success for urban students which
often fail to address the material conditions of their lives. Through engagement
in participatory action research, the participants developed skills necessary for
successfully navigating school while simultaneously developing a sense of solidarity
in a collective struggle for social justice and educational equity. The findings
offer a model for teachers, researchers and others meaningfully invested in the
lives of urban youth to create opportunities for students to challenge social reproduction
and positively influence their life trajectories.
"The Rose that Grew from Concrete":
Hip Hop Language and the Hope-Crested Dream
Presenter: Dr. David Kirkland, New York University
This presentation examines hip hop language, exploring the power of the spoken and
written word to construct youth identities and unleash powerful voices. It sees
hip hop as a magical dialect, where youth struggle with words-theirs and others-to
cultivate visions of justice and liberation. Using hip hop language, youth conjure
up new meanings, beginning with a voice and verb. Their spoken words have the power
to transform the world inside-out. By illuminating the magic of hip hop language,
this presentation will also demonstrate the multiple and sometimes unseen and too
often ignored ways that hip hop can be used in classrooms to help youth understand
and express more fully the human condition. Hence, using hip hop in the pedagogical
process is part of a much larger project of hope-the faithful promise of hip hop
language to bring to life "hope-crested dreams" laced with dope rhymes and tight
beats. When these dreams unfold in rhythms and in rhymes, classrooms become exciting
and extraordinary places where youth themselves stand in the place of Tupac's words
as roses that grow from concrete.

For information or to register, call (301) 577-8940 or send an email.

Friends of Rushern Baker, P.O. Box 1331 Greenbelt, Maryland 20768
www.rushernbaker.com, rushern@rushernbaker.com,  240 515 0093
By Authority: Brad Seamon, Treasurer

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