Cafferty Lecture

The 2021 Pastora San Juan Cafferty Lecture

Jarvis Givens and his book. The cover photo is of an early classroom of young, black schoolchildrenThe Fugitive Life of Black Teaching: A History of Pedagogy and Power

October 28, 2021
6:00 – 7:30 pm (CDT)
This webinar will be hosted on Zoom.

Presenter: Jarvis R. Givens, PhD
Conversant: Elizabeth Todd-Breland, PhD

This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is required.

1.5 CEUs available (must be indicated at time of registration)
This lecture satisfies 1.5 hours toward the cultural competence requirement for social workers.

Purchases of Fugitive Pedagogy are available through the Seminary Co-op Bookstores.

Professor Givens offers the term "fugitive pedagogy" to characterize African Americans' subversive traditions of teaching and learning from the slavery era through Jim Crow. Using the life of famed educator and historian Carter G. Woodson as a lens, Givens reveals an expansive world of African American teachers who cultivated dreams and aspiration in generations of students, despite a world order built on black subjection. And as he will demonstrate, much of this work took place through discreet, quiet acts of resistance. Givens insists that black educators' pedagogical traditions were essential to the Long Black Freedom Struggle and formed the roots of anti-racist teaching in the United States.

Jarvis R. Givens is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Faculty Affiliate in the department of African & African American Studies at Harvard University. He specializes in the history of education, African American history, and theories of race and power in education. His first book, Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching, was published in 2021 by Harvard University Press, and he is currently building The Black Teacher Archive, an online portal which will house digitized records documenting the more than one-hundred-year history of "Colored Teacher Associations." Professor Givens' research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as the William F. Milton Fund. Professor Givens earned his PhD in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a native of Compton, California and currently resides in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Elizabeth Tood-BrelandElizabeth Todd-Breland is an Associate Professor in the History department at the University of Illinois Chicago. In her research and teaching, professor Todd-Breland focuses on 20th-century United States urban and social history, African American history, and the history of education. Her work also explores interdisciplinary issues related to racial and economic inequality, urban public policy, neighborhood transformation, education policy, and civic engagement. Her book, A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago since the 1960s (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), analyzes transformations in Black politics, shifts in modes of education organizing, and the racial politics of education reform from the 1960s to the present. Professor Todd-Breland also coordinates professional development workshops, curricula, and courses for K-12 teachers and gives public talks on African American history, urban education, and college readiness.

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The Pastora San Juan Cafferty Lecture on Race and Ethnicity in American Life was established in 2005 on the occasion of the retirement of Professor Pastora San Juan Cafferty from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. The Lecture is a forum for prominent social theorists, business executives, community leaders, philanthropists, and politicians to convene and discuss the issues critical to a well-functioning and secure society.

Pastora San Juan Cafferty passed away on April 16, 2013. She was one of the nation’s leading scholars of race and ethnicity and a specialist on Hispanics.

The Cafferty Lecture is presented annually by the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and the Cafferty Lecture Committee: William Brodsky, Frank M. Clark, Neil B. Guterman, Jeanne C. Marsh, and Alan McNally.

Funding for the Lecture has been provided by: Exelon Corporation, Harris Bank, Kimberly-Clark, Waste Management, and donors to the Pastora San Juan Cafferty Lecture Fund.

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