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Faculty Lecture Series Talk by Heather Moore: 1/24

Posted on January 16, 2018 | Filed under Archive

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Date: 1/24Time: 7 pm

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The January talk in the Karl W. Weiss ’87 Faculty Lecture Series for 2017-18 will be held on Wednesday, January 24, at 7 p.m. in Campus Center 301/302. Heather Moore, assistant professor of community and justice studies, will present “Either You Real or You Ain’t: Agency, Informal Education, and Black Male Student Experiences in American Popular Culture”. Most educational scholarship on Black male students primarily examines their everyday performance in formal academic classrooms, behavior in informal educative spaces, and often operates from a deficient perspective. Historically, both qualitative and quantitative research defines Black male students as an “endangered species” that lacks the (dominant) cultural capital necessary to be successful in the formal school setting. As an interdisciplinary project couched in the fields of Education, Black Studies, and Critical Race Theory, this lecture will assert that Black male youth possess agency, community cultural wealth, and command a language that showcases the resiliency of the Black male student in 20th and 21st century America. Additionally, this lecture will question the value of popular culture texts (like film and television) as tools to educate future teachers and everyday citizenry about students of color in 21st century America.