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Thursday, March 17 • 11:00am - 12:25pm
TH11.00.10 Movements for Racial Justice In Urban Communities and Activist Scholars (ACTIVIST SCHOLARSHIP SESSION)

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There are racial justice movements in every area of urban affairs, and scholars are present within these movements as both participants and analysts. Movements that oppose police violence, urban school district take-overs, profit-driven education and prison policies, and gentrification all find scholars involved both as participants and as sources of data and analysis. How do we assess the potential for racially just solutions? And how do scholar-activists see the effects of their participation? Kimberly Mayfield Lynch, Fred Ellis, and Kitty Kelly Epstein have both led and studied movements to transform aspects of the City of Oakland. In particular, they have campaigned against school district take-over, against barriers to the employment of African-Americans and Latinos in teaching and other fields; and against a political machine which threatened to dominate this historically activist city. A number of these campaigns have been relatively successful. Keith Benson is a high school teacher in Camden, New Jersey, a majority African-American city, and a graduate student at Rutgers University. He is both studying and acting on neoliberal practices in urban development and education reform. Stephen Danley, a professor at Rutgers University researches how policy makers and residents in Camden see the decisions that are made on education reform, public safety, police governance, and tax credits. Donna Hunter, a lecturer at Stanford University has examined, along with her colleague, Emily Polk, the contrasting responses of academia to two different movements, Black Lives Matter and Occupy. Panelists will briefly present the most interesting aspects of their work and then lead colloquy participants in a discussion of implications, contrasting examples, and future directions for activist scholarship on movements for racial justice.

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Stephen Danley

Rutgers University
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William (Fred) Ellis

Holy Names University
Dr. Ellis was born the second son to a family enmeshed in the U.S. share-cropping system in an agricultural region of Georgia. He graduated from one of the most prestigious of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Morehouse College, and participated in the Southern Civil Rights... Read More →
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Kitty Kelly Epstein

Professor, Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University
In 2013 Kitty Kelly Epstein was honored with the Activist Scholar Award at the national conference of the Urban Affairs Association.  This was based on her work in Oakland, California where she led an innovation in democracy that consisted of 41 groups comprised of 800 people whose... Read More →
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Kimberly Mayfield Lynch, Holy Names University

Dean- School of Education, Holy Names Univeristy
Kimberly Mayfield is an Associate Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Holy Names University. She received her doctorate in Learning and Instruction from the University of San Francisco. Her research interests and activism include creating a permanent diverse teaching... Read More →
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Keith Benson, Rutgers University

President, Camden Education Association

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Kitty Kelly Epstein

Professor, Holy Names University and Fielding Graduate University
In 2013 Kitty Kelly Epstein was honored with the Activist Scholar Award at the national conference of the Urban Affairs Association.  This was based on her work in Oakland, California where she led an innovation in democracy that consisted of 41 groups comprised of 800 people whose... Read More →

Thursday March 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:25pm PDT
Aqua Salon E