Examining the neoliberal university and white narratives of raceExport this event to calendar

Friday, January 23, 2015 — 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Students, faculty and staff are invited to hear professors Jennifer Simpson and Vershawn Young speak about their latest books at the first Department of Drama and Speech Communication 2015 Colloquium.

bookcover showing ink pot and penProfessor Young's edited volume (with Clair Oberon Garcia and Charise Pimentel), "From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives of Black Life," boldly investigates the promise and perils of racial ventriloquism, that is, when white authors appropriate the history and stories of black life. While narratives films such as The Help, Django Unchained, and The Blind Side have achieved popular acclaim, they have also been the subject of critical controversy, demonstrating that the much touted 'post-racial America' has yet to come to terms with the power of race in contemporary imaginative and social lives.

Book cover of Longing for Justice by Jennifer S. SimpsonProfessor Simpson's monograph, "Longing for Justice: Higher Education and Democracy's Agenda," combines personal narrative with critical analysis to make the case for educational practices that connect to questions of democracy, justice, and the common good. In a bold challenge to conventional wisdom about Higher Education, Simpson argues that today’s neoliberal educational norms foreground abstract concepts and leave the complications of real life, especially the intricacies of power, unexamined. Analysing modern teaching techniques, including service learning and civic engagement, Simpson concludes that for Higher Education to serve democracy it must strengthen students’ abilities to critically analyse social issues, recognize and challenge social inequities, and pursue justice. 

Discussion will follow and light refreshments will be provided.

Location 
EV3 - Environment 3
Room 4412
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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