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Friday, April 21 • 11:10am - 12:35pm
FR11.10.15 Activist Scholarship Special Session: Pedagogies of Persistence: Civic Media and Everyday Activism in Urban Spaces

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As scholars, teachers, and activists within urban spaces, the contributors to this proposal are all keenly interested in specific forms of classroom and community engagement that can be used to build sustainable models for justice and equality. We are each confronted by the increasing inequality and social fragmentation found in our cities – Miami, Boston, and Las Vegas – and are at the same time bound up within the institutional logics of our universities and communities, as well as connected with the lives of our students. Thus, our project, “Pedagogies of Persistence,” seeks new ways to build on the work of activist scholars that have come before us –W.E.B. DuBois, Paolo Freire, bell hooks – to create modules for engagement that persist in the face of entrenched neoliberal ideologies that have turned our urban spaces into sites of contestation. We are especially interested in the ways that civic media – “the technologies, designs, and practices that produce and reproduce the sense of being in the world with others toward common good” – are created and deployed in support of engaged activism in civic life.

Each of the contributors to this panel will present findings from current projects they are pursuing: in Miami, engaging students in media production and Wi-Fi building in a public housing project; in Boston, a project that brings storytelling skills and social activism game design to underserved communities; and in Las Vegas, the creation of a Communication degree underpinned by a commitment to social justice and focused on standpoint formation and the public interest.

Searching for a signal: Digital literacy, civic engagement, and the building of a community Wi-Fi network in Miami’s urban core
Moses Shumow, Florida International University

Curricular Design and Educating for Social Justice
Christopher Harris, Nevada State College

Everyday Civic Activism & Emerging Citizenship
Paul Mihailidis, Emerson College


Moses Shumow, Florida International University

Florida International University

Friday April 21, 2017 11:10am - 12:35pm
Greenway Ballroom-C (2nd Floor)