Join the Edmund W. Gordon Institute for Urban and Minority Education in critically examining and engaging some of the most socially intractable issues of education. One of the first university-based institutes devoted to research, evaluation, and programs to improve educational and life outcomes for racialized populations in urban areas, IUME has a rich history and tradition of producing cutting-edge research, conducting sharp evaluations, developing wide-ranging educational programs, and fostering community partnerships to enhance the lives of children, youth, and adults in New York City and beyond.
In addition to our many research publications, projects, and programs, IUME is committed to communication and dialogue around important educational issues through our longstanding annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture. Our “In Conversation” series brings educators, researchers, and community members together in a space for dialogue and action about issues related to urban education, considered broadly. And, our new Speaker Series, starting this Spring, will bring some of the leading thinkers and researchers in urban education, critical theory, and Black studies to engage in rich and formative dialogue on their work with the TC community.
Our main goal continues to build upon a tradition begun 50 years ago when IUME was founded: learning lessons from history to reimagine research, practice, and policy around current and emergent issues related to the education and development of racially subjugated and socially precarious populations. IUME has always been a multi-faceted place for innovation and interdisciplinary inquiry; and it has had a significant impact on the lives of many.
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Ezekiel Dixon-Román is a Professor of Critical Race, Media, & Educational Studies in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching and Director of the Edmund W. Gordon Institute for Urban and Minority Education. He is also co-founder and Director of the Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, & Mixed Methodologies and the Critical Computation Bureau. His research seeks to make cultural and critical theoretical interventions toward rethinking and reconceptualizing the technologies and practices of quantification as mediums and agencies of systems of sociopolitical relations whereby race and other assemblages of difference are byproducts. He is the author of Inheriting Possibility: Social Reproduction & Quantification in Education (2017, University of Minnesota Press); recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association.
He also co-edited Thinking Comprehensively About Education: Spaces of Educative Possibility and Their Implications for Public Policy (2012, Routledge) as well as co-guest edited “Alternative Ontologies of Number: Rethinking the Quantitative in Computational Culture” (2016, Cultural Studies-Critical Methodologies), “The computational turn in education research: Critical and creative perspectives on the digital data deluge” (2017, Research in Education), “Control Societies @30: Technopolitical Forces and Ontologies of Difference” (2020, Social Text Online), and most recently “Dialogues on Recursive Colonialism, Speculative Computation, and the Techno-Social” (2021, e-flux journal). He is currently working on a book project that examines the haunting formations of the transparent subject in algorithmic governance and the potential for transformative technopolitical systems.
Dr. Rachel Talbert is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Edmund W. Gordon Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Curriculum and Teaching department at Teachers College Columbia University Dr. Talbert graduated in 2021 from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development with a degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research with urban Indigenous youth in public schools focuses on civic identity negotiation and its relationship to tribal sovereignty and self-determination.
Dr. Rachel Talbert is interested in how social studies classes and curriculum, and school climate, as well as out-of-school spaces like Native youth councils, create zones of sovereignty (Lomawaima & McCarty, 2014) and support survivance (Vizenor, 2008) of urban Indigenous youth in public schools and their Nation/s. Her upcoming colloquium is titled Urban American Indian Students Negotiating Civic Identity. Tune in on Tuesday, September 27th at 2 PM in room 306 in the Gottesman Library.
As part of a grant issued from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ansley Erickson will co-direct a New York Public Library 2023 teacher education program focused on the history of efforts to secure equitable access to education in Harlem.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Scholarship is named for the renowned sociologist and activist, who served as a mentor to IUME Founding Director Dr. Edmund W. Gordon while a student at Howard University. Dr. Edmund W. Gordon and the late Princess Matilda Bowen (1924-2017) established this scholarship to benefit IUME doctoral students. Over the last three years, the scholarship has helped to support the academic careers of a maximum of three IUME doctoral students and has continued this legacy for the 2023 - 2024 academic year.
HONORING A LEGEND A scholar with “monumental impact on our society and our lives,” Edmund W. Gordon (Ed.D. ’57) is lauded for numerous accomplishments throughout his extensive career, including helping create the federal Head Start Program and calling for a re-envisioning of standardized testing.
Teachers College President Thomas Bailey has announced that the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) has been renamed the Edmund W. Gordon Institute for Urban and Minority Education, in honor of the College’s lauded racial equity and education scholar who founded the Institute in 1974. The announcement was made on June 2 during the opening of this week’s centennial conference honoring Gordon’s life and work on the eve of his 100th birthday.
IUME is proud to announce the 10th Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecturer, Dr. Fred Moten - an American cultural theorist, poet, and scholar whose work explores critical theory, black studies, and performance studies. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 at 5:00pm in Cowin Auditorium of Teachers College, Columbia University, with a reception to follow immediately after.