National Association for Multicultural Education 2011 Conference

Starting Date: 11-02-2011
Ending Date: 11-05-2011

Chicago, Illinois 60606
United States
NAME’s 21st Annual International Conference

November 2-5, 2011
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Marriott Downtown/Magnificent Mile

Reworking Intersections, Reframing Debates, Restoring Hope

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS For NAME’s 2011 International Conference:
The 2011 Conference will feature plenary sessions that will challenge and inspire multicultural educators to address the conference themes.
NAME is honored to announced the following speakers for Plenary Sessions:
-Keynote Session Frame: Questioning Common Sense about Multiculturalism and Reframing the Debate
William Ayers
Distinguished Professor of Education & University Scholar (retired)
University of Illinois at Chicago
Editor of “Handbook of Social Justice in Education”

-Keynote Session Frame: Intersectionality and Multicultural Education
Patricia J. Williams
James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia University
Author of “Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race”

-Keynote Session Frame: Seeing the Bigger Picture of Multicultural and Global Contexts
Vijay Prashad
George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College
Author of “The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World”
-Keynote Session Frame: Intersections of Disability, Race, Gender, Language, and Discipline
Alfredo Artiles
Professor of Social Transformation, Arizona State University
Editor of “English Language Learners with Special Needs: Identification, Placement, and Instruction”
Erica Meiners
Professor of Education and Women’s Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
Author of “Right to be Hostile: Schools, Prisons, and the Making of Public Enemies”

-Keynote Panel Frame on Educators Organizing for Social Justice:
Karen Lewis
President, Chicago Teachers Union, and Member, Caucus of Rank and File Educators
Edwin Mayorga
New York Collective of Radical Educators

NAME 2011 Chicago Conference Theme:
Reworking Intersections, Reframing Debates, Restoring Hope

Across the United States and around the world, we can hear public debates that narrowly frame the problems and possibilities of education. We are asking only certain questions about the goals of schooling, or debating only certain answers about what and how to teach, or how and why to improve the learning and the healthy development of our next generation. Even those of us who are working to improve education can find ourselves stuck in narrow frames. In other words, even for practitioners, researchers, and advocates of multicultural education, a central challenge is to see more complexity and contradiction, to see the bigger picture.

Advancing equity and social justice requires that we address multiple dimensions of diversity that correspond with varying forms of bias and injustice, and none of these exist in isolation. Our identities and oppressions overlap and intersect in such a way that challenging one form of injustice often results in indirectly contributing to other forms of injustice. This happens not only at the micro-level of teaching and counseling, but also at the macro-level of leadership and policy. Education reform will continue to be contradictory and impoverished if it does not connect with the bigger picture historically, globally, and politically, which cannot be done without reworking intersections and reframing debates.

The 21st Annual International NAME Conference will enrich multicultural education research and practice by grounding our work in new perspectives of this bigger picture. We invite teachers from preschool through university, education leaders and counselors, and community activists to submit proposals that offer constructive ways of grappling with intersecting identities and oppressions. Our conversations will embody the paradoxes and promises of examining the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, language, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, immigration status, and other dimensions of diversity. We will contextualize the current attack on multicultural education within broader movements, institutions, and discourses, and that help us to develop concrete strategies and resources for improving our practices, programs, and policies. As we imagine viable alternatives with creativity and courage, we will continue to remake education into the site and the source of hope for our next generation.
Geographical Scope: International

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