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Postponed: H. Samy Alim
Featured Speaker, Expanding Equity in Education Research Speaker Series

Our November 12 event with H. Samy Alim has been postponed to a future date due to illness. New details will be posted here.

I Hope I’m Not Bothering You: Disrupting White Cultural and Linguistic Hegemony in the U.S. and South Africa

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
5:30 pm

Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis

Presenting data collected over the past 20 years, this talk will highlight how we can disrupt White cultural and linguistic hegemony by developing new paradigms for the study of language, race, and culture in education. Dr. Alim will draw on research both in the U.S. and South Africa to illustrate how paradigms like raciolinguistics and culturally sustaining pedagogies, among others, can offer a substantive break from mainstream educational thought and help move us towards educational justice.

Alim Head Shot About the Speaker

H. Samy Alim is the David O. Sears Presidential Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, and the Founding Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Language (since 2010). His is also affiliated faculty with the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.

Alim is author or editor of eleven books. Among his most recent books is Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World (Teachers College Press, 2017, with Django Paris). For two decades, Alim has worked with schools and community organizations across the U.S. to theorize and enact new pedagogies.  His most recent research explores the development of organic culturally sustaining pedagogies in international contexts. As a 2019 recipient of the Lyle Spencer Research Grant from the Spencer Foundation (along with Django Paris and Casey Wong), he asks: What can we learn from how Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP) is being implemented across four different pluralistic contexts (in the U.S., Spain, and South Africa), and how contexts of settler colonialism and gentrification influence its implementation, its achievements, and its limitations?

In the area of language and race, he is author of You Know My Steez: An Ethnographic and Sociolinguistic Study of Styleshifting in a Black American Speech Community (Duke, 2004), which integrated longitudinal ethnographic analysis with rigorous discourse analysis and quantitative variation. He is also author of Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. (Oxford, 2012, with Geneva Smitherman), which addresses language and racial politics through an examination of former President Barack Obama’s language use and reveals how he is racialized through language in the eyes/ears of the American people. In addition to editing Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas about Race (Oxford, 2016, with John R. Rickford and Arnetha Ball), which grew out of a 2012 symposium that he organized at Stanford University, he is also editing the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Language and Race (Oxford, 2020, with Angela Reyes and Paul Kroskrity). He has also written extensively about Black Language and Hip Hop Culture in his books, Street Conscious Rap (1999), Roc the Mic Right (2006), Tha Global Cipha (2006), Talkin Black Talk (2007, with John Baugh), Global Linguistic Flows (2009, with Award Ibrahim and Alastair Pennycook) and Neva Again: Hip Hop Art, Activism, and Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2019, with Adam Haupt, Quentin Williams, and Emile Jansen).

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