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American Politics and Community Today, a Reading & Discussion program at LIU Post
December 14, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
One event on October 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm
One event on November 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm
One event on December 14, 2018 at 12:30 pm
This program aims to bring together diverse community members, particularly educators, to participate in an open dialogue about “American Politics and Community Today” by explicitly engaging with marginalized perspectives. The sessions will take place at Long Island University, Post. It is important to note that the Long Island region is one of the most segregated communities in the U.S. through the divisions of race and socioeconomic class. Despite increasing diversity in pockets of the region, teaching professionals are still predominantly whites whose own experiences are limited by their own upbringings in this segregated region. Consequently, this larger cultural context presents particular challenges for educators of color at every level. In addition, the current political climate begs more opportunities for dialogue, particularly for all educators who work with increasingly diverse students and communities. The program will provide an enriching opportunity for participants to discuss how politics, citizenship, and education have been always implicated in unique ways and what roles and responsibilities educators can take on in our current time. Also since this is open to the public, the intimate interactions between educators and community members can generate more inclusive dialogues, especially to complicate the notion of being an American. While many educators often consider their teaching as apolitical, the program will open up a space for them to recognize the interconnected nature of politics, education, and national identity/citizenship throughout the history of the US. By centering Ralph Ellison and Hannah Arendt’s writings, the program will provide perspectives from politically oppressed groups for the participants to work through our own experiences and identities in the 21st century and consider democratic ways to work with the diversity we have in our local/global communities.