Bob Moses Conference

2022 Agenda

**Agenda as of April 7, 2022

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SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022

11:30 am - 2:00 pm EST    
Speaker Series Lecture & Discussion I
Topic: The Future of Bob Moses’s Work

Bob Moses was rightly revered for specific things he did—the voting rights work with SNCC in Mississippi, the Algebra Project, the Young People’s Project—but we shouldn’t forget that there was a broad (and evolving) vision that tied all his work together. It was rooted in a historical understanding of the political, economic, and social systems in which Black Americans have lived. In my talk, I will lay out Bob’s ideas about what these systems were and how they can be changed. I want to make it especially clear why voting and education were so closely related for him, and why, even as he touched so many individual lives, addressing systems was of paramount importance to him.

 

Concurrent Discussion Groups

Discussion Group #1: 

Creating Legal Strategies to a Federal Right to Education 

Resource Expert:

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Peggy Cooper Davis

John S. R. Shad Professor of Lawyering and Ethics, Director, Experiential Learning Lab

Discussion Group #2: 

“Establishing Rights of Access to Literacy and an Antiracist Education”: supporting grassroots struggles for educational justice and against the phony attacks on CRT”

Resource Expert:

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Mark Rosenbaum

Robins Kaplan, Director, Opportunity Under Law

Discussion Group #3: 

Building a teaching corps capable of delivering a 21st century education:  How to recruit, retain and support Black educators. 

Resource Expert:

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Jon Rochkind

Senior Director, Policy Evaluation Research Center (PERC) Admin at Educational Testing Service (ETS)

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LECTURE CLOSING REMARKS
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Ben Moynihan

 Interim Executive Director, 
The Algebra Project

LECTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 Dani Johnson

Founder, 
Special Gathering

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST
Speaker Series Lecture & Discussion  II
Topic: Schooling  for democratic Citizenship and Schooling for 2nd Class Status Citizenship

“It is crucial  for an understanding of American educational history...to recognize that within American democracy there have been classes of oppressed people and that there have been essential relationships between popular education and the politics of oppression...........” 

WELCOME & INTRO

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Ben Moynihan

Interim Executive Director,
The Algebra Project

CO-MODERATOR

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Charles M. Payne

Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of African American Studies and Director of the Joseph Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Research, Faculty African American and African Studies

LECTURER

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Dean James D. Anderson

Dean of the College of Education, the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education, and affiliate  professor of History, African American Studies, and Law at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

CO-MODERATOR

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Joan T. Wynne, Ph.D.

Writer/Educator, Florida International University

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Concurrent Discussion Groups

Discussion Group #1: 

 Artivism Show & Tell

Resource Expert:

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Dr. Nettrice R. Gaskins

an African American digital artist, academic, cultural critic and advocate of STEAM fields. In her work she explores “techno-vernacular creativity” and Afrofuturism

Discussion Group #2: 

Algebra Project Math Literacy
Organizing at King Open

Resource Experts:

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Lynne Godfrey

Educator, Cambridge Public Schools

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Ben Moynihan

 Interim Executive Director, 
The Algebra Project

Discussion Group #3: 

Children are required to attend school.  Schools are not required to educate children.  
Is Homeschooling an Answer?

Resource Expert:

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Alan & Michelle Shaw

Activists, Volunteers, 
the Algebra Project

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LECTURE CLOSING REMARKS
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Cliff Freeman

Director of STEM PROGRAMS of The Young People’s Project

LECTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 Dani Johnson

Founder, 
Special Gathering

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5:30pm - 7:00pm EST
“Caste in the Classroom” Film Screening & Fireside Chat

The movie explores the roots of the current poor academic outcomes for children of African descent in the history of slavery and Jim Crow. Education for liberation is a theme that underscores the film. The film can be used as an organizing tool in local communities.

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Paul Parravano

Co-Director, Government and Community Relations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Manuel  J  Fernandez

Interim Chief Equity Officer at Cambridge Public Schools

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Janet Moses

Creator & Producer, 
Caste in the Class

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Moderator: Chad Milner

National Director of Technology & Communications at The Young People’s Project, Inc.

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Phillip Agnew

Executive Director,
Black Men Build

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2022

11:30 am - 2:00 pm EST
Speaker Series Lecture & Discussion  III
Topic:
The Fugitive Life of Black Teaching: A History of Pedagogy, Power, and Liberation

Throughout our history, African Americans marshaled an insurgency against American laws and violence carried out to ensure that Black people remained mis-educated. The story of that insurgency is a beacon of light as we again face the prospect of having to educate our own.

LECTURER

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Jarvis R. Givens

Assistant Professor of Education, Faculty Affiliate, African and African-American Studies Harvard Graduate School of Education

CO-MODERATOR

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Phillip Agnew

Executive Director,
Black Men Build

CO-MODERATOR

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Cliff Freeman

 Director of STEM Programs at The Young People’s Project

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Concurrent Discussion Groups

Discussion Group #1: 

Accelerate, Don’t Remediate: Insurgent Pathways toward College and Career Math Literacy

Resource Experts:

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Dr. Gregory Budzban

Emeritus Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Nell Cobb, Ed.D

Professor Emerita, DePaul University- College of Education

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Bill Crombie

Director of
Professional Development,
The Algebra Project Inc.

Discussion Group #2: 

Creating a Pipeline of Black and Brown Teachers in the Boston Public Schools

Resource Expert:

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 Abdi M. Ali, Ed.D.

Senior Director of BPS Teacher Pipeline Programs, Office of Recruitment, Cultivation & Diversity Programs, Division of Equity, Strategy, & Opportunity Gap, Boston Public Schools 

Discussion Group #3: 

Teaching What Really Happened

Resource Experts:

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Kathleen FitzGerald

Teacher, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School

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Rachel R.
Williams-Giordano

 Teacher, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School

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LECTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 Dani Johnson

Founder, 
Special Gathering

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2:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST    
Speaker Series Lecture & Discussion IV
Topic: 
Bob Moses and the Ideal of Constitutional Citizenship

This is a discussion of Bob Moses’s concept of constitutional citizenship and how we can use it to pursue struggles for justice today.

LECTURER

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Imani Perry

Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, faculty associate, Programs in Law and Public Affairs, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Jazz Studies

MODERATOR

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Cynthia Silva Parker

Institute Interaction for Social Change

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Concurrent Discussion Groups

Discussion Group #1: 

The Future is Now:  Black Consciousness in the World of Artificial  Intelligence

Resource Expert:

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Dr. Nettrice R. Gaskins

an African American digital artist, academic, cultural critic and advocate of STEAM fields. In her work she explores “techno-vernacular creativity” and Afrofuturism

Discussion Group #2: 

Freedom Schools:  Education for Liberation in the 21st Century

Resource Expert:

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Charles M. Payne

Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of African American Studies and Director of the Joseph Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Research, Faculty African American and African Studies

Discussion Group #3: 

Credentialing Young People to Teach Math

Resource Experts:

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Maisha Moses

Executive Director of 
the Young People’s Project

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Cliff Freeman

Director of STEM PROGRAMS of 
The Young People’s Project

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Remarks and Introduction
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Janet Moses

Organizer, Bob Moses Conference

Lecture Closing Remarks
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Dr. Cornel West

Professor,  Philosopher, Author, Activist

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Acknowledgments

Thank You to Our Partners

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