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The Department of Educational Studies Presents the 2021 Race and Education Lecture with Savannah Shange

Title: Between Antiblackness & Antiracism: Some Lessons from Social Justice Pedagogy


In the midst of school closures in Black and Latinx neighborhoods and the aggressive rise of standardized tests as a coercive tool, San Francisco's progressive Robeson Justice Academy seems like an aberration in the state education system.  However, antiblack logics and practices are still entrenched in the school's everyday operations.  Drawing on my book, Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Antiblackness & Schooling in San Francisco (Duke 2019), I focus on a Beginning Spanish classroom in which sincerely anti-racist curricular content is challenged by Black students who critique the scope of its impact, revealing the antagonism between anti-racism and abolition. 


Brief Bio:

Savannah Shange is assistant professor of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz and also serves as principal faculty in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies.  Her research interests include gentrification, multiracial coalition, ethnographic ethics, Black femme gender, and abolition.  She earned a PhD in Africana Studies and Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a MAT from Tufts University, and a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.  Her first book, Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Anti-Blackness and Schooling in San Francisco (Duke 2019) is an ethnography of the afterlife of slavery as lived in the Bay Area.  

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