Andy Urban: High School Teachers Seminar
Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 09:00am - 02:30pm
"Race, Education, and Equity: Repairing the Past?"
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
9a - 2:30p, AB 6051
Andy Urban, Associate Professor of American Studies & History, Rutgers University
This workshop is being jointly offered with the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis Seminar, which in 2022-23, will focus on the theme of “Repairing the Past.” The concept of “repairing the past” raises key questions about the roles that scholars of history and memory can play in applying interpretations of the past to present-day campaigns of redress. Participants in this workshop will learn about the history of racially segregated education in New Jersey and the United States, efforts to contest and resist discrimination in schooling, and the historic development of inequitable learning conditions that have persisted into the present. One case study for this workshop will be the New Brunswick/North Brunswick High Schools Public Memory Project, which is a collaboration between community stakeholders, scholars, and artists, focused on the creation of public programming exploring histories of school segregation in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This project is being launched in advance of 2024, which will mark the fiftieth anniversary of a landmark New Jersey State Supreme Court decision that permitted approximately 700 white students from the township of North Brunswick –– to withdraw from New Brunswick High School and reenroll in newly created, nearly all-white suburban schools. Workshop participants will be provided with an opportunity to discuss, in a respectful, collaborative setting, what ideas of redress and repair mean to them in their own pedagogy, and how questions of race, education, and equity relate not only to history, but also to contemporary politics and civic activism and engagement
*Note: through a partnership with the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, this seminar is being offered free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.