We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching, Hip Hop Civics, & Creativity

Bettina Love, Ph.D.

Bettina Love, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Practice University of Georgia

Speaker Series: Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 4:00-6:00

East Carolina Heart Institute

We Want To Do More Than Survive:
Abolitionist Teaching, Hip Hop Civics, & Creativity

The College of Education Diversity Committee and Office for Equity and Diversity invite you to a presentation by Dr. Bettina Love. Dr. Love’s talk will examine the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to Hip Hop civics education and the abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex (i.e. test-taking skills, acronyms, grit, and character education). Abolitionist Teaching is built on cultural modes of expression—such as the creativity of imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit—and on methods of Hip Hop and abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.

Dr. Love’s research examines how urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities. She seeks to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her work also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist classrooms. She has a wide range of writings on Hip Hop, Black Feminism, Queer Youth, and Race & Equity in Education.

That work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Journal of LGBT Youth. She is the author of the book Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her second book, We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom is due out in February 2019 and is available for pre-sale on Amazon.com.

Registration in Cornerstone – Refreshments will be served.