Little Acts of Justice: IUME in the News ☆

| November 21, 2011

Despite constantly working together as a team in regards to many of IUME’s research projects, the students and staff have kept busy individually also participating in variety of acts that deserve mention. Although we maintain the importance of collaborative spirit and full ideation in our work, it is also refreshing for us to support each other in our individual endeavors that also lead into IUME’s mission. Here is an update on a few events that IUME  members have been up to the last few weeks:

IUME Director Dr. Ernest Morrell was sworn in as Vice-President of the National Council of Teachers of English this weekend in Chicago, Illinois, during the NCTE Annual Convention and Centennial Celebration. Dr. Morrell was joined with some of the country’s most established and leading voices in literacy and english education, and was also joined by IUME Post-Doctoral Fellow Benji Chang. The NCTE has over 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, and is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Congratulations Dr. Morrell!


IUME Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Arshad Ali presented his research at Teacher College’s esteemed Milbank Chapel, in which many students left the event inspired. His talk was entitled The State, University and Democratic Life: The Political and Social Unveilings of Muslim Students after 9/11. Dr. Ali’s critical discussions on race were empowering yet informative and important for students at Teachers College. Dr. Ali’s work challenges students and other faculty by pushing the boundaries of how we all conceptualize Muslim students and more generally, students of color.

IUME Graduate Research Assistant Cati de los Rios helped organize and moderated an incredible (and large!) event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to save ethnic studies in Arizona and across the country. Cati addressed the crowd prior to showing the powerful film “Precious Knowledge” about the ethnic studies program in Tucson, Arizona and the fight against the injustice of politicians taking it away. After the film, Cati (shown in the picture on the right podium) moderated an audience-initiated discussion with two educators–one present and one via Skype–who currently teach in the ethnic studies program.

IUME Fulbright Scholar Katharine Vincent also spoke at Teachers College in Everett Lounge, discussing her interests and experiences as a Fulbright scholar–and most importantly, her passion for changing lives and working in education. Led by Deputy Provost John Allegrante, Katharine spoke eloquently and inspirationally also about her research beside the other Fulbright Scholars. As a highlight in her talking points, Katharine mentioned IUME in regards to how unique it is to work in an Institute that applies the theoretical frameworks that we all discuss in textbooks and put them into practice.

While we all strive to create the best results together at IUME, sometimes, it is just as important to continue our work outside of the IUME offices and the classroom halls, continuing to inspire and inform others–while continuing to learn ourselves. Sometimes, little acts of justice can go a long way.