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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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IUME Colloquia Series

Since the inception of IUME Director Ernest Morrell in 2011, one of the beliefs put forth by Dr. Morrell is not only to produce powerful and timely research, but also train emerging and up-and-coming critical scholars. Thus, in Fall of 2011, IUME instituted its Colloquia Series where post-doctoral fellows and graduate students have engaged the TC and greater Columbia and Harlem community in their work. By providing an outlet--which can often be hard to come by for emerging scholars--for graduate students to share their work via a traditional presentation atmosphere, IUME can play its part in helping to create a rising group of critical scholars committed to making a difference in education. Each IUME Colloquium has been a success, and will continue to grow in the years to come--read below to find out more about our past colloquia.


Mind the Gap?: Research, Policy, and Praxis in Mathematics Education
Nathan Alexander
December 5, 2013

Although continuing our new tradition of hosting students outside the immediate IUME circle, Nathan is a student who has worked with the Institute in various capacities over the course of his graduate career. Nathan's talk poignantly discussed mathematics education, particularly for African American students. In current educational discourse, saying "I can't 'do' math" is acceptable, yet, saying the same for reading is not -- Nathan attempted to change this paradigm, particularly in regards to African American students and laid out successful practices as examples.





So Whose Side Are You On?" Teaching (& Doing Research Across) Harlem's Contentious Educational Marketplace
Terrenda White
November 14, 2013


Our first IUME student colloquium of the 2013-2014 academic year--and our first since moving (back) to campus--featured Terrenda White, a Ph.D. candidate in the Sociology and Education program at Teachers College. Terrenda's talk discussed charter schools in Harlem, specifically the tension between charter schools and doing research in these spaces. Terrenda's talk kicked off the first re-initiation of the Colloquia Series to non-IUME students, in hopes of giving graduate students the opportunity to present their work.




DYNAMIC EDUCATION
Barry Goldenberg and Malik Boykin
May 10, 2013

This final colloquium ever to be held at the Edmund Gordon campus featured two graduating IUME M.A. students, Barry Goldenberg from the History and Education program, and Malik Boykin from the Social Organizational Psychology. Barry and Malik gave two lectures on about the transformative nature of education. First, Barry discussed his Youth Historians in Harlem initiative, which was a success in its iteration of empowering students to "do" history of their community. Then, Malik discussed his research, specifically around how dynamic network theory can be a powerful tool for connecting students, teachers, schools, and communities. 














ILL LITERACIES: Youth Resuscitating Hope Through Literacy Freedom and Digital Democracy
Jamila Lyiscot and Crystal Belle
December 7, 2012


This final colloquium of 2012 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.





Powerful Literacies: Youth Cultural Production
Jen Johnson and Carla Becker
September 28, 2012

Our first colloquium of the the academic year was led by Jen Johnson, a Ph.D. student in the English Education program, and Carla Becker, a Ph.D. student in Music Education. An interactive presentation, Jen discussed issues relating to her work with the student "Urban Debaters" that she works with, including her summer Debate Institute, as way to empower youth. Carla, as a percussionist and musician, engaged the audience in an activity where everyone performed up "on stage." It was a great start to the school year!


















A Summer in South Africa: Reflections and Research on Race, Schools, and Humanity
Barry Goldenberg
April 27, 2012

Wrapping up the IUME Colloquia series for the 2011-2012 academic year on April 27th, graduate student Barry Goldenberg, a then-1st year M.A. student in History and Education, spoke out his experiences working and living in Cape Town, South Africa, for two months. Upon colleagues and community members, including the attendance of renowned Professor Valerie Kinloch, Barry spoke critically and from the heart, about issues of race through a reflective presentation. It was a powerful presentation that was very dynamic, including a "Prezi" presentation that brought the audience to Cape Town and back.




Caught Between Two Cultures?: A Narrative Approach to the Exploration of Identity, Community, and Belonging
Katherine Vincent
February 10, 2012

IUME Fulbright Scholar Katharine Vincent presented her research from her native of England in which she explored the construction of educational success by Bangladeshi girls living in a socio-economically deprived area of east London. In addition, Katharine discussed her research in the context of her experiences living in the United States and a special Student Researcher. It was another great turnout that allowed the community to hear from Katharine during her 1-year in New York.




"Disciplined & Organized, Is How I Handle Mine": Community Engagement Approaches to Literacy, Pedagogy & Social Justice
Dr. Benji Chang, Ph.D.
December 9, 2011


IUME presented its inaugural IUME Colloquium featuring IUME Post-Doctoral Fellow Benji Chang at the Edmund W. Gordon Campus in Harlem. Dr. Chang came to us after receiving his Ph.D in Urban Schooling from UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. During the Colloquium, Dr. Chang discussed his research with his elementary school students that he worked with all through their grade school days--taking them from a low-achieving group to one of the highest achieving classes in the his school. Dr. Chang's talk was a powerful kick-off presentation for the Colloquium Series!

Click here for a full recap of the inaugural colloquium at the Gordon Campus.


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