Wednesday, April 13
2:00 – 3:45pm
In this talk, Professor Emdin offers a description of the current social, political and pedagogical landscape of education and deconstructs the ways that stakeholders in education have inherited a structure of rigidity that limits the agency of those who work with children. In response, he uncovers lost philosophies of teaching/learning and aligned practices/tools that center the individual’s role in the pursuit of collective growth and transformation. Together, participants will interrogate the power of one – the work we all have to do to reimagine education.
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Christopher Emdin is the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory and Professor of Education at the University of Southern California; where he also serves as Director of youth engagement and community partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center.
He previously served as Director of the Science Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University and alumni fellow at the Hip-hop archive and Hutchins Center at Harvard University. He has served as STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.
He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement and Science Genius BATTLES. He was recently named one of the 27 people bridging divides in the United States by Time magazine.
He is the author of numerous award winning works including the award-winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generationand the New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too. His latest book. Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Excellence is currently available wherever books are sold.