Professor Sandy Grande will be giving the Biennial Elaine Lipschutz Lecture, “Unsettling Multicultural Erasures in K-12 Education,” on February 28, 2019 at 5:00pm in the Sanders Classroom Building, Spitzer Auditorium. In this lecture, she names liberal forms of multiculturalism as a complicit discourse and theory in the erasure of Indigenous peoples. For example, it troubles the false narrative of the United States as a “nation of immigrants,” offered up so frequently as a corrective to the current administration’s divisive rhetoric and policies. The talk underscores the important role of educators in interrupting the settler logics that pervade liberal educational spaces. Drawing from concrete and lived examples, she presents critical inquiry as one viable approach for supporting students’ understanding of the connections between place, power, and knowledge production.
Sandy Grande is Professor of Education at Connecticut College and Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity. As a teacher and scholar, Grande centers her work in the belief that education is the heart of a critical democracy. She asserts that questions about education cannot be reduced to disciplinary parameters, but must include issues of power, history, self-identity and the possibility of collective agency and revolutionary struggle. Thus, rather than reject the language of politics, Professor Grande constructs teaching as the link between public education and the imperatives of democracy. Moreover, in her work with Indigenous schools and communities, Professor Grande draws connections between the political project of forming a new critical democracy and the Indigenous struggle for self-determination and tribal sovereignty. Currently, she teaches “Foundations of Education, Methods of Teaching” and “Public Policy and Social Ethics.” In addition to these courses, she has also taught courses in the history of American education and the pedagogy of revolution.
Sponsored by the Education Department along with the Dean of the Faculty, American Studies Program, International Studies Program, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Sociology Department and Political Science Department.
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