Christopher Emdin, Ph.D., best-selling author of "For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y'all Too – Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education" will lecture as the first guest in the new Revolutionizing Education Speaker Series through the College of Education and Human Services on Tuesday, April 2 in Jubilee Auditorium beginning at 5 p.m. RSVP strongly encouraged below. A sought after social critic, public intellectual and science advocate, Emdin's commentary has been featured in various national media including the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes.com, CBS News, and PBS News Hour, among a host of others. The discussion will focus on strategies and approaches to support urban youth, including adapting to teaching according to their realities.
According to Edmund Adjapong, director of Secondary Education and the speaker series, "It [the Revolutionizing Education Speaker Series] was created out of a concern for secondary education students that have limited access to perspectives as it relates to education. We in the College of Education and Human Services thought it would be beneficial to start a speaker series where leaders and experts in education can share their research and practices with the Seton Hall community." He continues, "I am beyond excited to host someone who is not only a leading innovator in equity for urban education, but is also my mentor and a primary reason for where I am in field of science education today. I am a prime example of how his approach to teaching can not only transform learning, but guide students to believe they can approach and master areas of education that were previously considered beyond their realm."
Emdin believes that creating an environment where teachers build trust and demonstrate leadership through their own humanity is of paramount importance when engaging young learners. In the process, a form of reciprocity is created whereby both students and teacher have the ability to learn from one another through shared responsibility. Once students are endowed to play an active role in their own collaborative learning, the result is a partnership or unit that is stronger as a whole. He states, "Students quickly receive the message that they can only be smart when they are not who they are. This, in many ways, is classroom colonialism; and it can only be addressed through a very different approach to teaching and learning."
Christopher Emdin, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of the Science Education program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University and served as STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Emdin holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.
He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools. He is the author of the award-winning book, "Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation" and the New York Times bestseller "For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya'll too."
Assistant Professor Adjapong, Dean Maureen Gillette and the College of Education and Human Services invite all to attend this lecture and discussion that other institutions have called "worth the year's wait."