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Understand the Past to Understand Today: Content Knowledge & Context on Pressing Social Issues

Date: Wednesday - February 13, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: The Studio School

117 West 95th Street  New York, NY 10025  map
Khyati Y. Joshi, Sylvia Chan-Malik & Jason Williams
Grades 7-12

Educators today must navigate an increasingly contentious and complex world in order to help their students do the same.  This one-day conference, with Dr. Khyati Joshi, Dr. Jason Williams, and Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik, provides educators with foundational content knowledge in the areas such as Black Lives Matter and Islam in America, and US immigration policy in order to empower them to transfer that knowledge to their students. Administrators and faculty that are engaged in social justice/anti-bias education will be presented with information that highlights the advantages and disadvantages embedded in the laws and public policies which have shaped our country and in turn continue to impact our classrooms and school communities.    Come hear scholars who are experts in their fields get real on today's most pressing issues. It's time to re-learn U.S. history. Our nation's current struggles demand that we all be better informed.

Where We’ve Come from and Where We’re Going: Race, Immigration, & Citizenship in the U.S.

Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi

To understand our current cultural and political moment, we need to examine the often unexplored facets of our past. Our conversation will provide a glimpse into strands of lesser-known history that have shaped this nation, illuminating the ways race has driven political and legal decisions throughout U.S. history. Specifically, audience members will be presented with a narrative that shows how Supreme Court decisions, immigration laws Jim Crow policies contributed to the development of Whiteness in America and how these historical moments continue to shape our nation today.

Islam in/and America
Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik

In this session, participants will examine the history and presence of Islam in the United States, and the construction and evolution of U.S. Muslim identity, community, and culture from the colonial era to the present. The incredible racial and ethnic heterogeneity of American Muslim communities; the myriad of ways that Muslim practice (or do not practice) Islam; and how “Muslim” intersects with racial/ethnic categories such as “Arab,” “Asian,” and “Black” will all be explored through open, guided conversation.

Unpacking Black Lives Matter: Linking the Past to the Present
Dr. Jason Williams

This session is designed to unpack elements behind the Black Lives Matter Movement to make clear some of the rallying principles as set forth by the Movement.  Moreover, this session will ground elements of the Movement in historical and contemporary context. Knowledge learned in this session will be useful for teachers understanding regarding the variety of issues that diverse students bring with them to the classroom.

Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik is Associate Professor in the Departments of American and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, where she directs the Social Justice Program and teaches courses on race and ethnicity in the United States, Islam in/and America, social justice movements, feminist methodologies, and multiethnic literature and culture in the U.S. She is the author of Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam (NYU Press, 2018). She speaks frequently on issues of U.S. Muslim politics and culture, Islam and gender, and racial and gender politics in the U.S., and her commentary has appeared in venues such as Slate NewsHuffington Post, Middle East Eye, Patheos, Religion News Service, and more.

Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi is a public intellectual whose social science research and community connections inform policy-makers, educators, and everyday people about race, religion, and immigration in 21st century America. She is the author and co-editor of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, 3rd edition (Routledge, 2016); New Roots in America’s Sacred Ground: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in Indian America (Rutgers U. Press, 2006); Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South (U. of Illinois Press, 2013); and numerous book chapters and articles. She has lectured around the world, including at the White House; to policy-makers at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

(OSCE); and for university and popular audiences in Denmark, India, Lebanon, and across the United States. She consults on equity and inclusion for schools, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses; she has provided professional development to educators across the U.S., continuing education programs for lawyers and judges. As a Professor of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dr. Joshi received the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship. She was a consultant for the Pew Research Forum’s groundbreaking 2015 survey on Asian Americans and Religion. Professor Joshi earned her doctorate in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is a graduate of Emory University and pursued post- graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Often contacted by journalists, Prof. Joshi has appeared on television and radio such as C-Span, Voice of America, PRI’s The World and Danish Public Radio, and has been quoted in numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The Times of India, and The Record

Dr. Jason Williams is co-editor of, A Critical Analysis of Race and the Administration of Justice published by Cognella. He is also co-author and editor of Contemporary Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice System, also published by Cognella. Furthermore, he currently has two forthcoming books under contract with Routledge,  Policing and Race, and Black Males and the Criminal Justice System.  He is currently analyzing data from on-the-ground critical ethnographic research he completed in Ferguson MO and Baltimore MD following the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.  Moreover, he has published peer-reviewed chapters and articles on matters related to race, policing, critical criminology, and social justice. 

Aside from researching for the academic gaze, Dr. Williams is also involved in many public research and information forums, such as The Hampton Institution where he serves as chair of the criminal justice department. He has also published pieces on Uprooting Criminology and Truthout. Prior to joining Montclair State University, he was an assistant professor of criminal justice at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition, Dr. Williams has taught a variety of criminal justice and sociology courses at New Jersey City University, Texas Southern University, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

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Fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch and all materials.

Substantial discounts are available for groups registering together. 

  • 5-9 attendees @ $175.
  • 10-20 attendees @ $150. 

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

    •    NYSAIS members - $215.00
    •    Non-members - $260.00

Early Discount of $20.00 will apply until 2 weeks before the event.
Late Fee of $10.00 will apply within 2 days of the event.

* Note: Payment is by credit card only.

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