Dr. H. Samy Alim is coming to UM…don’t miss y’all

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Dr. H. Samy Alim

That’s right Dr. H. Samy Alim from Stanford is coming to the University of Mississippi for International Education Week…and I have to teach class.  So the next best thing is to convince as many students at the University of Mississippi to go and hear him talk.  I first heard Dr. Alim speak when I went to the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Reasearch Association in 2013.  That was a memorable AERA because it was the the conference that I really didn’t want to go to.  I sat in a hallway looking through the phone book of a program and wondering what was I doing when I spotted a session called, Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions, Questions, and Answers in HHBE and I knew I had to go. Well, Dr. Alim was a discussant for that session, which led to me looking up another session where he was presenting with Dr. Django Paris and my mentor, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings was the discussant.  They shared the theoretical perspective of Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy as a logical extension of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, what Dr. Ladson-Billings revealed in her landmark publication The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children.  Anyone who has had me in class since has heard me talk about Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy and/or Hip Hop Based Education, and if I could go I would.  So I must tell anyone that finds this post that Dr. Alim deals in cutting edge ideas.  I urge anyone without a class to go.

Global Ill-Literacies: Hip Hop Cultures, Youth Identities, and the Politics of Literacy
WHEN: Monday, November 17, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bondurant Hall Lecture Room (room 204C upstairs)

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