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A Historic Evening at the Inaugural Edmund Gordon Lecture

On October 10th, IUME, in co-sponsorship with the Program in History and Education, hosted Professor Charles M. Payne who delivered the Inaugural Edmund Gordon Address at Teachers College in honor of IUME Founder and legendary figure Dr. Edmund Gordon. The address entitled, “Whatever Happened to the Negro Question? Educational Discourse and the Lost Question of Race”, drew a standing-room-only audience of nearly 200 to Milbank Chapel and helped illustrate how historical understanding is crucial for thinking about contemporary school improvement. In his address, Dr. Payne presented a broad critique of the educational community’s modern perceptions and attitudes towards school achievement, poverty, and race.

Click here to view the lecture on the IUME YouTube channel and here for pictures.

Introducing the "Educating Harlem" Lecture Series

In collaboration with the Program in History and Education at Teachers College as well as the Center on History and Education, IUME is excited to announce its participation in the new "Educating Harlem" lecture series, which is part of a larger initiative to better explore the forces that shaped education in Harlem.

On March 27th, the first "Educating Harlem" lecture took place at Teachers College in front of a packed room in Russell Hall, where Dr. Martha Biondi -- Professor of Education at Northwestern University -- spoke about her research on youth revolutions at City College in the 1960s. Our next speaker will be Dr. Khalil Muhammad, who is currently the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture. For more information about the Education Harlem initiative, click here.

Subcribe to the new IUME Newsletter!

In October, IUME redesigned its monthly newsletter in a way that not only increases dissemination, but most importantly, better shares all the events and news with the world. The newsletter is available in PDF format, but also available via hard copy at the IUME office at Teachers College. Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter and e-mail list on the bottom right-hand side of this IUME homepage.

For more information and to download/view past IUME newsletters, click here.

Learn More About IUME's Literacy Teachers Initiative (LTI) Project

 IUME was excited to announce the launch of the Literacy Teachers Initiative (LTI) Project in spring, 2012. Since then, we have partnered with dynamic elementary and middle school teachers from Harlem and Brooklyn in an effort to collaboratively work toward finding increased pedagogical methods for students. The LTI Project is led by Dr. Jodene Morrell of Teachers College. We have grown in number and ideas each year, received competitive research grants, presented at Teachers College and state, national, and international conferences, and written for publication.

Check out our LTI page for more information and check out the biographies of the Teacher Fellows here!

Learn More about the Youth Historians in Harlem Program!

The Youth Historians in Harlem (YHH) project, sponsored by IUME, is a new critical approach to teaching history in urban schools in Harlem, focusing on empowering minority youth through their own cultural experiences, involving students in the practice of "doing" history through guided projects, programs, and participatory action research. YHH seeks to increase students' interest in history through innovative and engaging pedagogical approaches that help them become historians, researching the rich historical past of ‘their’ Harlem community. While YHIH seeks to advance the historical knowledge of education in Harlem, above all, our project seeks to make history relevant to urban students and help increase academic achievement. To learn more about this exciting project, visit the official website here.

Getting Real III Public Videoconference Series Recap

This past fall over the span of 16 weeks, IUME partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and New York University Hip-Hop Education Center to launch an innovative online seminar series called Getting Real III. Seminal scholars and leaders in the growing field of Hip-Hop studies focused their attention on how Hip-Hop culture, culturally relevant pedagogy and youth participatory action research can successfully be used to close the education gap in America's public schools.

This online public videoconference series was highly successful. The final four lectures were at Teachers College, and can be viewed in full HERE -- so check them out! The TC speakers featured Professor Chris Emdin, Professor Ernest Morrell, Jen Johnson, and Sam Seidel with Dave "TC" Ellis. (Original lineup here.)

Recapping the Final IUME Colloquia of 2012 on "Ill Literacies"

IUME's last Colloquia at the Gordon Campus was spearheaded by two dynamic scholars--Crystal Belle and Jamila Lyiscott--who are both Research Fellows at IUME and Ph.D. students in English Education. Both Crystal and Jamila, versed in spoken word and literacy experts in the making, discussed critical issues in literacy as it applies to democracy and freedom inside schools. We had a full house at the Gordon Campus, and it was a wonderful way to reflect on 2012 with critical discussion and passionate performances from both Crystal and Jamila.

The Colloquium is viewable in full on our YouTube channel and also don't forget to view our photo gallery, too! (For original information and details, click here.)


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Have you visited the official IUME YouTube page recently? Want to learn more about IUME? Make sure to stop by our YouTube page here and watch a few of our videos and subscribe!. Not only do we keep a collection of IUME events and Colloquia, but our video team prepares short clips on critical research. The most recent Beyond Bullying presentation is now available, as is our December Colloquium and other great clips that should be shared!

In our increasingly digital and mutlimodal era, we believe strongly in collaborative educational content, so make sure to check back often and subscribe to your channel.


Upcoming Events


Community > Activism, Social Justice, and Special Events

Activism, Social Justice, and Special Events

IUME's goals are very much centered on research and community outreach, yet, it is also important to be a leader in pursuing social justice and advocating for certain causes that should be the foundation behind research and community outreach. For this reason, we have also made it a priority to proudly support a number of causes relating to social justice and/or ideas that we feel deserve attention. As a Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University, we understood our leverage and privilege and thus, hope to standing behind the causes and issues that inform our practice.

Check out below some of our recent events and if you or your organization have a cause that fulfills our mission of pursuing social justice, don't hesitate to contact us at iume@tc.edu.


Exploring International Education -- A Talk with Costa Rican Minister of Education
On October 10th, 2012, IUME--along with the sponsorship of the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College at Teachers College--hosted "Education Reform in Costa Rica: A Conversatio Costa Rican Minister of public Education, Dr. Leonardo Garnier." Dr. Garnier engaged a packed room of students, exploring educational issues in Costa Rica--and illustrating how they are quite similar to challenges in the United States.

IUME Director Ernest Morrell introduced Dr. Garnier, as one of IUME's goals is also to expand the lens of education reform and reach out internationally as we collaborate and exchange ideas to improve the educational experiences of children.




Supporting Undocumented Students Pursuing Higher Education


On September 25th, 2012, IUME sponsored its first official event of the school year--a book talk for the newly released "Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix, and the Immigrant Youth Movement." The important issue of undocumented students continues to be an area that social justice advocates should continue rallying around and supporting, as this event featured an inspiration panel filled with moving discussion and information. For the first time in Teachers College history, undocumented and unafraid TC students introduced a ground breaking book; Undocumented & Unafraid, Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix, and the Immigrant Youth Movement. The book panelist included Professor Ernest Morrell, TC student Mariella Saavedra; UCLA Labor Center intern Sofia Campos, and the director of the UCLA Labor Center, Professor Kent Wong. We honored the lives of Tam Tran and Cinthya Felix. There was also a call to action to all educators to continue fighting along undocumented youth for human rights and higher education.

For more information about Undocumented and Unafraid, visit http://books.labor.ucla.edu/p/79/undocumentedunafraid














Advocating for the NYS Dream Act at Teachers College, Columbia University

On April 10th, 2012, along with the Latino/a and Latin American Faculty Working Group, IUME sponsored an event featuring NY State Senator Bill Perkins and NY Assemblyman Guillermo Linares who spoke at Teachers College in Milbank Chapel. During the event, they each introduced the New York State Dream Act to the community following by discussion by a panel of Teachers College professors. It was a big, yet exciting, undertaking to get our State legislators to come to TC and it made for a great evening and a very full Milbank Chapel.

In addition, Assembyman Linares and this event was featured in the TC News here. In addition, visit the TC News link to the see the video of both the Senator and Assemblyman championing the NYS Dream Act (courtesy of TC Media).

Assemblyman Linaries is a TC alumnus, working at IUME during his tenure at Teachers College.



















"Save Ethnic Studies" -- Informing the Public about the Injustices in Tucson


On March 2nd, 2012, in partnership with a host of other activist-scholar institutions in New York City, IUME hosted "Tucson Teachers Speak Out" with Milbank hall packed to absolute capacity, as community members from all over New York City were sitting on stairs and standing in the back to hear Sean Arce and Maria Federico Brummer speak (two Raza Studies teachers from the TUSD) following the showing of the powerful documentary "Precious Knowledge." Centering on a screening of the critically-acclaimed and immensely powerful documentary Precious Knowledge, the plaintiffs of Arizona HB 2281 spoke to a jam-packed, standing-room-only crowd inside Milbank Chapel at Teachers College. It was an incredible event and thank you to those who were a part of it--we raised both money and awareness for this injustice of human rights.
This event brought massive awareness to the "Save Ethnic Studies" awareness, in addition to raising thousands of dollars in support of ethnic studies, rocking the New York City area like never before at Teachers College.

The following morning, Sean and Maria led a Teach-In at IUME's Gordon Campus to share their successful curriculum that they developed at TUSD.













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