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Tackling colonialism embedded in curriculum: A new Diversity Dialogue event

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On Friday, November 18, 2011 from 12:15 to 1:30 pm, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction will host a new Diversity Dialogue event, "A Bridge to . . . ? STEM, Decontextualization, and Colonialism," with Professors Bhaskar Upadhyay, Mary (Fong) Hermes, and Timothy Lensmire.

This Diversity Dialogue event focuses on Bhaskar Upadhyay's experiences with a STEM curriculum that is very popular at the moment in elementary schools. Bhaskar will introduce the curriculum and discuss elementary students' responses to it. Then, Bhaskar, Fong, and Tim will provide short, critical readings of the curriculum and its use in elementary school classrooms. These readings will explore how, in the (seeming) attempt to provide a meaningful context for taking up engineering problems, this curriculum ends up decontextualizing learning, devaluing the knowledges and values of people not from whitestream cultures, and reinscribing a colonialist project.

Please join us in Peik Hall, Room 40, for some pizza and great conversation.

Read a description of Engineering is Elementary storybook, Suman Crosses the Karnali River: A Geotechnical Engineering Story on the CEHD events page.


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