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Tonight’s the Night! AAA Plenary Session – ReImagining Education

Tonight is the Plenary Session! Below is a repost of the special message written by Plenary guest, Malcolm London:

Today’s guest blog post is by Malcolm London. London called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is a young Chicago poet, activist & educator. Malcolm appears on PBS for the first TED Talk television program with John Legend & Bill Gates. Malcolm has shared stages with actor Matt Damon & Lupe Fiasco as a part of the The People Speak, Live! cast. Appears on Season 2 of TVOne’s Verses & Flow. Winner of Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival 2011 and once a member of the Youth Adult Council at Steppenwolf Theatre. He is now a member of UCAN’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention & Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. A passionate educator through Young Chicago Authors & Northwestern Legal Clinic apart of Rights to Power project where he visits communities introducing poetry workshops and performances linked to juvenile & social justice to hundreds of youth every year.

Malcolm LondonNo building has a story without a foundation. If we are building a future where the sky’s the limit, one without ceilings, one where all our children are heading in the right direction–upward–we must have a strong foundation. Join panelist Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Lila Leff,  founder of Umoja Student Development Corporation, Dr. Sofia Villenas, Associate Professor at Cornell University and myself, TED Speaker and educator through Young Chicago Authors and Northwestern Legal Clinic, as we discuss the necessary need for our culture, our true histories and our stories to be the foundations of our everyday curriculums. I encourage you to come out to the American Anthropological Association’s 112th Annual Meeting plenary session located at Hilton Hotel International Ballroom North (720 Michigan Avenue) November 20th, Wednesday evening at 6:00pm as we reimagine education.

We will be joined by four incredibly talented students I’ve been working with for the past two years from Simeon Career Academy’s poetry club, Writers Never Die, started by school counselor Patrick Kirkwood and teacher Lisa Roule, who will perform spoken word pieces at the AAA Plenary. As a Chicagoan and young organizer in this beautiful city, with beautiful buildings, I know its’ crumbling. Only half of the public school students’ graduate (that’s a failing grade) and public funding has and is taking a hard hit in this city, and nationally. While my work as an activist is to find out who is doing the punching, on this evening we will come together to inspire, challenge, invigorate and engage in fruitful dialogue as anthropologist, educators, students, parents, all loving human beings in hopes to continue to build toward the sky, while remembering and re-examining our histories, our foundations so we can reimagine our stories, and our education.

AAA Plenary Session – ReImagining Education

Today’s guest blog post is by Malcolm London. London called the Gil-Scott Heron of this generation by Cornel West, is a young Chicago poet, activist & educator. Malcolm appears on PBS for the first TED Talk television program with John Legend & Bill Gates. Malcolm has shared stages with actor Matt Damon & Lupe Fiasco as a part of the The People Speak, Live! cast. Appears on Season 2 of TVOne’s Verses & Flow. Winner of Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival 2011 and once a member of the Youth Adult Council at Steppenwolf Theatre. He is now a member of UCAN’s National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention & Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission. A passionate educator through Young Chicago Authors & Northwestern Legal Clinic apart of Rights to Power project where he visits communities introducing poetry workshops and performances linked to juvenile & social justice to hundreds of youth every year.

Malcolm LondonNo building has a story without a foundation. If we are building a future where the sky’s the limit, one without ceilings, one where all our children are heading in the right direction–upward–we must have a strong foundation. Join panelist Dr. Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Lila Leff,  founder of Umoja Student Development Corporation, Dr. Sofia Villenas, Associate Professor at Cornell University and myself, TED Speaker and educator through Young Chicago Authors and Northwestern Legal Clinic, as we discuss the necessary need for our culture, our true histories and our stories to be the foundations of our everyday curriculums. I encourage you to come out to the American Anthropological Association’s 112th Annual Meeting plenary session located at Hilton Hotel International Ballroom North (720 Michigan Avenue) November 20th, Wednesday evening at 6:00pm as we reimagine education.

We will be joined by four incredibly talented students I’ve been working with for the past two years from Simeon Career Academy’s poetry club, Writers Never Die, started by school counselor Patrick Kirkwood and teacher Lisa Roule, who will perform spoken word pieces at the AAA Plenary. As a Chicagoan and young organizer in this beautiful city, with beautiful buildings, I know its’ crumbling. Only half of the public school students’ graduate (that’s a failing grade) and public funding has and is taking a hard hit in this city, and nationally. While my work as an activist is to find out who is doing the punching, on this evening we will come together to inspire, challenge, invigorate and engage in fruitful dialogue as anthropologist, educators, students, parents, all loving human beings in hopes to continue to build toward the sky, while remembering and re-examining our histories, our foundations so we can reimagine our stories, and our education.

Calling All Anthropologists – We Need You for Back To School

Today’s guest blog post is by the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting Program Chairs, Dr. Dana-Ain Davis and Dr. Alaka Wali. Share your passion with the local community through the Back to School program this November!

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you will sign up to participate in the first Anthropologists Back to School event, to be held at the beginning of the 2013 AAA Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 20 from 9am-12pm. The Program Co-Chairs and the Executive Program Committee have organized this special initiative to provide a way for all of us attending the Annual Meeting to give back to the city of Chicago. Through this program, we will inspire young people and their teachers to pursue anthropological forms of inquiry.

Photo Courtesy of The Huffington Post

Photo Courtesy of The Huffington Post

Undergraduate and Graduate students are encouraged to participate. Registration for the AAA Annual Meeting is not required to participate in Anthropologist Back to School. Sign up today!

Currently there are several exciting Anthropologists Back to School programs under development. Here is a sneak peek:

Elizabeth Chin is going to create a display on the story of Jefferson-Hemmings connections, using Barbie dolls at the South Side Community Arts Center.

Dvera Saxton will present on school district struggles against pesticide contamination at the Casa Michoacan.

Rosa Cabrera will present the amazing story of a mural at the Latino Cultural Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gina Perez will also be there sharing her work on the award winning ethnography “The Near Northwest Side Story: Migration, Displacement, and Puerto Rican Families,” which focuses on Puerto Rican Life in Chicago and San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Dr. Kamela Heyward-Rotimi will be joined by Malcolm London, a Chicago resident, poet and activist at the Field Museum. They will be addressing stereotypes and myths about Africa and its 54 African nations, in addition to its diverse and dynamic people and cultures.

Come help showcase your work in anthropology to the wider public! We need you. Please sign-up now.

-Dana and Alaka
2013 AAA Annual Meeting Program Co-Chairs

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