Because learning scientists long have tried to understand learning as it is embedded in social, cultural and historical contexts, Tanner Vea is enthusiastic about how looking closely at social movements with a learning lens can help illuminate critical processes of social change in new ways.
Dara Walker, assistant professor of African American studies; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; and history in the College of the Liberal Arts, has been named a postdoctoral fellow for 2021 by the National Academy of Education (NAEd), an honorary educational society whose mission is to improve education policy and practice by advancing high-quality research. Funded by a grant from the Spencer Foundation, the fellowship program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. During the nonresidential fellowship, Walker will work on her upcoming monograph, “High School Rebels: Black Power, Education, and Youth Politics in the Motor City, 1966-1973.” Dara Walker is part of the coordinating committee of the Consortium for Social Movements and Education Research and practice.
Creating a place for advocacy was the focus of the “Reflections on Organizing and Power: Anti-Black Police Brutality and the Popular Uprisings” Zoom symposium held on Sept. 18.
Nearly 300 Penn State students, faculty and staff from the University's campuses across the commonwealth attended the event hosted by the Penn State Consortium for Social Movements and Education and the Africana Research Center and co-sponsored by an additional 16 colleges, centers, programs and networks at Penn State in response to a national call for universities to commit resources to combat institutionalized racism on campuses.