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CUSP Lecture: "The Bridge Generation: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward in Post-Apartheid South Africa" with Mamphela Aletta Remphele

September 29, 2015, 5:00–7:00 pm, Lisser Theatre

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele is a South African politician, former activist against Apartheid, a medical doctor, an academic and businesswoman. She is a former Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town and a one-time Managing Director at the World Bank. Ramphele founded the political party Agang South Africa in February 2013 and withdrew from politics in July 2014. Read more »

CUSP Lecture: "Radically Healing Schools and Communities: The Power of Policy from the Heart" with Shawn Ginwright

October 15, 2015, 5:00 7:00 pm, Lisser Theatre

Shawn Ginwright is a leading national expert on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is an associate professor of education in the Africana Studies Department and Senior Research Associate for the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University. In 1989, Dr. Ginwright founded Leadership Excellence Inc. an innovative youth development agency located in Oakland, California that trains African American youth to address pressing social and community problems. Read more »

Community Photo Essay Project

October 17, 2015, 10:00 am 1:00 pm, Education lounge

Join us for a hands-on workshop focused on visual storytelling that will aim to capture the story of our Mills community and its surrounding community through photographs, audio, video or multimedia contributions. Bring your talents to be a part of this special community get-together! Using your smart phones or a camera, you will roam the campus or the surrounding community with other Mills students who come for the fun and record images you want to share. When everyone returns from their journeys we will share the images and later we will collect all of the photographs, videos or audio recordings taken and compile them into a video that will displayed in the lobby of the School of Education.

CUSP Lecture: "Using the Critical Race Tool of Racial Microaggressions to Examine Everyday Racism in Academic and Social Spaces" with Daniel Solorzano

October 23, 2015, 5:00 7:00 pm, Lisser Theatre

Daniel Solorzano is a Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His teaching and research interests include critical race theory in education; racial microaggressions and other forms of everyday racism; and critical race pedagogy. Read more »

CUSP Lecture: "Against the Dark: Understanding and Responding to Antiblackness in Education" with Michael Dumas

November 4, 2015, 5:00 7:00 pm, GSB Gathering Hall

Michael Dumas is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education and African American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Dumas is primarily interested in how schools become sites of Black material and psychic suffering and anti-black violence, how disgust with and disdain for blackness inform defenses of inequitable distribution of educational resources, and ways that anti-blackness persists in education policy discourses and in broader public discourses on the worth of economic and educational investment in Black children. Read more »

Narrative Writing Workshop

November 14, 2015, 10:00 am 1:00 pm, EDUC 101

Are you interested in writing stories? Do you want to work on a story that you have put aside? Come to this free 3-hour workshop and explore your writing and learn a little bit about narrative ways of knowing with Professor Diane Ketelle.

Unlike many other qualitative frameworks, narrative approaches offer no automatic starting or finishing points. Since the definition of narrative itself is in dispute in the social sciences, there are no self-evident categories on which to focus, or overall rules about suitable materials or modes of investigation. In short, there is no guidance in regards to the best way to write or study stories. Narrative scholars do not tell us where to look for stories; whether to aim for objectivity, or to look for researcher and participant involvement; there is no agreement on whether it is vitally important to analyze a story’s particularity or generality; or what epistemological or ontological significance to attach to it. One thing, however, is always true - stories never exist in a vacuum; they are microcosms of the mores, sociological and belief systems of the period. Embedded in stories are the status and power relationships normative of the time and stratification is not just symbolic, it is real.

Limited space. Please RSVP: dketelle@mills.edu.

CUSP Lecture: "Teaching to Transform Communities" with Laurence Tan

February 2016, date and time TBA

The son of Filipino immigrants, Laurence Tan was studying to be a doctor when the vision of becoming a teacher presented itself in a dream. Now a fourth grade teacher at a charter school in Oakland, he has twelve years teaching in the South Los Angeles/Watts area. In 2014 he was honored by the Los Angeles Unified School District as “Teacher of the Year.” Laurence helped establish the Watts Youth Collective with former students, an organization that promotes social change through media. Laurence’s twelve-hour teaching days and his work with the collective are efforts to produce positive changes in each individual and the community. Laurence will engage the Mills community in an important conversation around what type of commitment it takes to be a transformative teacher and community leader. Read more »

CUSP Lecture: "What's Your Gender? Identifying and Supporting Children's Gender Creativity" with Diane Ehrensaft

March 9, 2016, 5:00 7:00 pm, Location TBA

Diane Ehrensaft is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and a developmental and clinical psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a private practice in Oakland, California. She is Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center and chief psychologist at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, and consultation related to gender-nonconforming children and assisted reproductive technology families, lecturing, publishing, and serving as an expert witness on both topics nationally and internationally. Read more »

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