Facing History Community Forum: Choosing to Participate in Times of "Us & Them"
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Wells Community Academy High School
936 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
What can we do when confronted by those who seek to divide us into “us & them”? The tragic events in Charlottesville and the many young people threatened by an end to DACA have fueled tense debates about identity and belonging. How can we respond? What is our role, and how do we inspire young people to stay engaged and hopeful? Join us for a forum for teachers and community members, where a panel will help us explore history, as well as local, contemporary examples, of what it means to be an upstander.
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Fall Forum 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Lincoln Park Student Center 120B
Our forum will look at the status and impact of racial segregation in schools in the context of our current national discussion of race and policy. While the focus is on Chicago, the lessons are applicable to other communities as well.
The panel will open with an overview of data and trends in school segregation, drawing on these two reports:
- The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy
- The Chicago Teachers Union
Elizabeth Todd-Breland, Assistant Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago, will address how government policies create and promote segregated schools both historically and today.
Two public school teachers will offer insights from their long experience working in a segregated system. They will explore how teachers can integrate questions of racial justice into their classrooms and curricula, as well as reflect on how their own identities shape their ability to be effective in the classroom.
Registration is required, and will be available beginning the week of September 11.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
DePaul LPC Locataion TBA
Please save the date for this exceptional opportunity to see and hear a nationally-acclaimed education writer, public school advocate, and prolific author. Kozol’s most prominent books:
- Death at an Early Age: The Classic Indictment of Inner City Education describes his first year as a teacher. The book received the National Book Award in Science, Philosophy, and Religion.
- Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America is a study of homeless mothers and their children, received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
- Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools, delivers a searing examination of the extremes of wealth and poverty and calls into question the reality of equal opportunity in our nation’s schools. The book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.
- Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation describes conditions in the South Bronx and the devoted teachers, dedicated ministers, and courageous children that endure despite all obstacles. The book received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
- The Shame of the Nation, speaks to the racially isolating conditions of nearly 60 public schools.
- Fire in the Ashes follows a group of children in an impoverished community from infancy into their late teens and beyond.