We live in a social and educational system dominated by structural racism and global capitalism—or what the late-Cedric Robinson described as racial capitalism. In this interactive encuentro (both an act of meeting and of finding), Dr. Edwin Mayorga contemplates what, then, is the unfinished work of educator-scholar-activists in this socio-political climate? Grounded in his own experiences, Mayorga thinks with audience members about this question as a collective process of haciendo el camino inacabado (making the unfinished road). Drawing on different projects, including the BarrioEdProject, a participatory action research (PAR) in Latinx communities, Mayorga puts into conversation the contours of racial capitalism in urban education and urban neighborhoods (barrios) with practices of sobrevivencia (living beyond survival) engaged in by youth, families, educators and scholars, as a means to understand the urgency, tensions and radical possibilities of being en camino (on the road) toward collective justice and liberation.
A parent-educator-activist-scholar, Dr. Edwin Mayorga is Assistant Professor of Educational Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies at Swarthmore College (PA). His various articles, presentations and projects examine a number of topics including urban educational and social policy, critical ethnic studies and participatory action research. He has two major projects, the Education in our Barrios Project (#BarrioEdProject), a youth participatory action research collaborative based in Latinx core communities in Philadelphia, and the Community Schools College Partnership study which examines K-Higher Ed school and community partnership models in Philadelphia. In addition, he is co-leading two critical digital curricular projects to support students and teachers, #EthnicStudiesPHL and the Pedagogy and Power Syllabus. He is on the national advisory board of the National Latino Education Research and Policy Project (NLERAP) and is co-editor of the book What’s Race Got to Do with It? How Current School Reform Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality (Peter Lang; 2015; co-edited with B. Picower).
Monday 1/14, 4-5:30pm, Parker-Reed, SSWAC.
Co-sponsored by the Education Program and the Pugh Center.