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Hampshire College invites the public to a lecture by author, speaker, teacher, and activist Christine E. Sleeter on Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall (Main Lecture Hall).
Professor Sleeter uses creative work to spark insight about respect for the diverse people who share space in classrooms, schools, and communities, and to prompt action for equity and justice.
A scholar of anti-racist multicultural education, she will speak on “Critical Family History as a Tool for Confronting Today's Social Justice Issues.”
Sleeter pioneered critical family history as a social justice methodology. Her talk will illustrate what it can reveal about connections between past and present, with two examples drawn from her research: 1) connections between the suppression of German culture and language in the Midwest in the early 1900s and the struggles of Latinos today to maintain culture and language; and 2) the contribution of theft of Indigenous lands long ago to today’s racial disparities in family wealth. Based on her work with teachers, she will then suggest how critical family history might be used with young people in schools.
Sleeter’s talk is part of Hampshire’s Race Matters lecture series.
She is immediate past president of the National Association for Multicultural Education. She served previously as vice president of Division K (teaching and teacher education) of the American Educational Research Association. She is currently a consultant with a Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso project for teacher education improvement.
Sleeter was a founding faculty member of California State University Monterey Bay, where she is professor emerita. She is a former faculty member at Ripon College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Her recent books include Power, Teaching and Teacher Education (2013), Professional Development for Culturally Responsive and Relationship-based Pedagogy (2013), and Creating Solidarity Across Diverse Communities (with Encarnación Soriano, Teachers College Press, 2012). She is currently in the process of completing her first novel, White Bread.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Education Research Association’s Social Justice in Education Award. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Korean, French, and Portuguese.
For more information, please contact Hampshire’s office of diversity and multicultural education at jmjDO@hampshire.edu.