The Fugitive Life of Black Teaching: A History of Pedagogy and Power

Oct. 28

6:00–7:30 pm

Join the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice for the 2021 Pastora San Juan Cafferty Lecture. This year's lecture features Jarvis Givens, Assistant Professor of Education and African & African American Studies at Harvard University, who offers the term "fugitive pedagogy" to characterize African Americans' subversive traditions of teaching and learning from the slavery era through Jim Crow. Using the life of famed educator and historian Carter G. Woodson as a lens, Givens reveals an expansive world of African American teachers who cultivated dreams and aspiration in generations of students, despite a world order built on Black subjection. And as he will demonstrate, much of this work took place through discreet, quiet acts of resistance. Givens insists that Black educators' pedagogical traditions were essential to the Long Black Freedom Struggle and formed the roots of anti-racist teaching in the United States.