The Ithaca College Department of Education Spring Lecture series is held each year to address issues of equity in education. In the weeks leading up to the lecture, the Department of Education hosts multiple book discussion groups throughout the region, including at libraries, schools, churches, and community centers. Through grant funding, the Department of Education is able to provide books to community members free of charge.
In our first year, 2018, we hosted Dr. Carla Shalaby whose lecture entitled “Refusal, Imagination, and Teaching and Learning How to Human Be” (emphasis intended) focused on understanding children, freedom, equity, and the conditions of schooling. Dr. Shalaby highlighted the impact of this event on an IC student via social media.
Shalby’s work is shaped by a deep commitment to education as the practice of freedom, and the stories of four children who are considered "troublemakers" in their school settings trouble the notion that their challenges at school rest with the children or their families; instead Shalaby makes visible how systems of power marginalize children and limit their access to dignity and freedom. Her work will be of interest to anyone who has ever loved a child or has ever been considered a “troublemaker” in school.