Join us to share an evening with special guest David Kirkland, a faculty member at NYU whose work revolves around issues related to race, language, and urban education. Kirkland will be talking about research conducted for his recently published book, A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Black Males.
Date: Monday, November 11, 2013
Location: Stern Great Room
David E. Kirkland is a transdisciplinary scholar of language, literacy, and urban education, who examines the intersections among language, race, gender, and urban youth culture under the lens of literacy. His work has also explored, among other things, urban teacher preparation, digital media, and the sociopolitical aesthetics of revolutionary justice as (re)produced in artifacts of Hip Hop. He has spent the past decade analyzing the culture, language, and texts of groups of urban American youth, and has expertise in critical literary, linguistic, and ethnographic research methods. He has received many awards for his groundbreaking work including an NAEd/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, a NCTE Cultivating New Voices Fellowship Award, the 2006 AERA Division G Dissertation Award, among many others. He has published widely. His most recent titles include: "'Books Like Clothes': Engaging Young Black Men with Reading" (Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy), "Listening to Echoes: Teaching Young Black Men Literacy, and the Distraction of ELA Standards" (Language Arts), "'Black Skin, White Masks': Normalizing Whiteness and the Trouble with the Achievement Gap" (TCRecord), "English(es) in Urban Contexts: Politics, Pluralism, and Possibilities" (English Education), and “We real cool: Examining Black males and literacy” (Reading Research Quarterly). A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Black Males is the fourth book that Dr. Kirkland has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited.
Publisher’s Summary of the Book:
This beautifully written book argues that educators need to understand the social worlds and complex literacy practices of African-American males in order to pay the increasing educational debt we owe all youth and break the school-to-prison pipeline. Moving portraits from the lives of six friends bring to life the structural characteristics and qualities of meaning-making practices, particularly practices that reveal the political tensions of defining who gets to be literate and who does not. Key chapters on language, literacy, race, and masculinity examine how the literacies, languages, and identities of these friends are shaped by the silences of societal denial. Ultimately, A Search Past Silence is a passionate call for educators to listen to the silenced voices of Black youth and to re-imagine the concept of being literate in a multicultural democratic society. “These remarkable insights make it possible for us to reject the caricatures of Black males so that we can see them as they are.”