2020 Symposium on Decolonization

03/09/2020 - 12:00pm
UK Athletics Auditorium, W.T. Young Library

How has colonialism structured our society?


How can we dismantle these structures, and rebuild with equity in mind?


CESJ's 2020 Symposium on Decolonization will consider these questions from the perspective of education, cities, and law. 


Join the conversation on Monday, March 9th, 2020, from 12 - 4 PM in UK Athletics Auditorium, W.T. Young Library. Reception to follow. RSVP information will be made available in early Spring, 2020. 


Dr. Leilani Sabzalian (Alutiiq) is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education and the Co-Director of the Sapsik'wałá Teacher Education Program at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on creating spaces to support Indigenous students and Indigenous self-determination in public schools, and preparing teachers to challenge colonialism in curriculum, policy, and practice. She is also dedicated to improving Indigenous education at in the state of Oregon by serving on the American Indian/Alaska Native State Advisory Council and strongly advocating for legislation such as Senate Bill 13, which requires and supports educators in teaching about tribal history and sovereignty in K-12 public schools. Her book, Indigenous Children's Survivance in Public Schools, provides educators and administrators with case studies to understand how colonialism continues to shape educational policy and practice, and fosters educators’ anticolonial literacy so that teachers can counter colonialism and better support Indigenous students in public schools.

Dr. Rashad Shabazz is Associate Professor in the School of Social Transformation at the University of Arizona. His academic expertise brings together human geography, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies. His research explores how race, sexuality and gender are informed by geography. His most recent work, "Spatializing Blackness," (University of Illinois Press, 2015) examines how carceral power within the geographies of Black Chicagoans shaped urban planning, housing policy, policing practices, gang formation, high incarceration rates, masculinity and health.

Keynote: Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore serves as a professor of geography in the doctoral program in earth and environmental sciences at and as associate director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at CUNY. Her wide-ranging research interests include revolution and reform, environments and movements, prisons, urban–rural continuities, and the African diaspora. From 2010 to 2011, she was president of the American Studies Association (ASA), the nation’s oldest and largest association devoted to the interdisciplinary study of American culture and history.


Gilmore was already known as an activist and an intellectual when she came to the Graduate Center from the University of Southern California in Fall 2010. In her first book, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (2007), which ASA recognized with its Lora Romero First Book Award, she examined how political and economic forces produced California’s prison boom. In the 2012 DVD “Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life,” Gilmore joins other scholars to examine the prison system and the history of the prison abolition movement. Her work is widely anthologized, including in the groundbreaking essay compilation The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex.














Enter your linkblue username.
Enter your linkblue password.
Secure Login

This login is SSL protected