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“Victory in Arizona: Defending the Rights and Education of Chicanx/Latinx Youth”

Thursday, December 07, 2017,

  • Location: One Magnolia Circle • 110 Magnolia Cir • Nashville, TN 37212
  • Room: 241

On Thursday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m., Curtis Acosta will visit Vanderbilt to speak about defending the rights and education of Chicanx/Latinx youth. 

  In the fall of 2017, Federal Judge A. Wallace Tashima overturned an Arizona ban on Mexican American Studies (MAS), saying the Arizona ban was motivated by racial discrimination and violated students’ constitutional rights. This presentation will focus on that victory by examining the connection between the racist and dehumanizing policies in Arizona with the current national political climate that is impacting youth, people of color, and other marginalized communities.

How can we learn from the historic victory for Chicanx/Latinx students in Arizona?  What can we learn? How do we continue to educate for liberation in an era of polarization and marginalization?

Based upon the personal experience of Dr. Curtis Acosta, a teacher and activist in the former MAS program in Tucson, participants will be introduced to the humanizing pedagogy and methodology, which led to the program being banned by Arizona lawmakers in 2012. Participants will then have an opportunity to work in community, by reflecting upon ways they might implement humanizing educational experiences in their local contexts, or in their future research to impact education policy and teaching practices.

Refreshments will be available.

This talk is free and open to the public.

breakfast with Curtis Acosta will also be held on Friday, December 8 at 9 a.m. in Wyatt 223 for the Peabody community only. 

Please RSVP for one or both events here.