John L Warfield Center

Critical Conversations: Dr. David Stovall Abolitionist Visions of 'School': Justice and the Imperative of Critical Consciousness

Wed, September 18, 2019 | Gordon-White Building (GWB) 2.206

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Critical Conversations: Dr. David Stovall Abolitionist Visions of 'School':  Justice and the Imperative of Critical Consciousness

Stovall's presentation seeks to engage a set of questions traditionally associated with the organized, grassroots activist and scholarly resistance to abolish the prison industrial complex (PIC). While new directions of this inquiry have challenged us to think about a school and prison nexus, like prison abolitionists, we should also entertain a process that is willing to "demand the impossible". Utilizing the ideas offered by proponents of prison abolition, I consider traditional 'school' in its materials and ideological form. It should be considered part of a radical in its current state while vehemently working with others to change the current condition. Similar to the rationales provided to us by prison abolitionists, the call in this presentation is for radical educators to challenge themselves to think about 'school' beyong the building that houses young people for 8-10 hours a day. Imperative to the separation of 'school' and education, 'school' abolition in this sense seeks to eliminate the order, compliance and dehumanization that happens in said builings while allowing for the capacity to imagine and enact a radical imaginary.


Dr. David Stovall's Bio: 

David Stovall, Ph.D. is Professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  His scholarship investigates three areas 1) Critical Race Theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to address issues of equity, justice and abolishing the school/prison nexus.  His work led him to become a member of the design team for the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice (SOJO), which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, his work manifests itself in his involvement with the Peoples Education Movement, a collection of classroom teachers, community members, students and university professors in Chicago, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area who engage in collaborative community projects centered in creating relevant curriculum.  In addition to his duties and responsibilities as a professor at UIC, he also served as a volunteer social studies teacher at the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice from 2005-2018. 


Dr. Keffrelyn Brown's Bio:

Keffrelyn D. Brown (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a Professor of Cultural Studies in Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a faculty appointment in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Women and Gender Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on the sociocultural knowledge of race in teaching and curriculum, critical multicultural teacher education and the educational discourses and intellectual thought related to African Americans and their educational experiences in the U.S.

Keffrelyn has published over 40 books, journal articles, book chapters and other educational texts. She serves on the editorial boards for several well-recognized peer-reviewed journals including Teachers College Record, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education and Urban Education. Her most recent book, After the "At-Risk" Label: Reorienting Risk in Educational Policy and Practice was published by Teachers College Press. Keffrelyn has received recognition for both her research and teaching. In 2017 she received the Division K Mid-career Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2013 she was awarded the Kappa Delta Pi/Division K Early Career Research Award from AERA. She is also the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and the Wisconsin-Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant. In 2012 she received the Regent's Outstanding Teaching award, the highest teaching honor given for excellence in undergraduate teaching across the University of Texas system. She was inducted in the Provost's Teaching Fellows program at UT-Austin in 2017.

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