Occupy Education! Class Conscious Pedagogies and Social Change

Miami University, Oxford, OH
June 22-24, 2012

Thursday Evening, June 21

Rouge Gathering:
Quarter Barrel Brewery and Pub
107 E. Church Street, Oxford, OH

Friday, June 22

8:00am-8:30am Registration and Coffee MCG 322: Assembly Room

8:30am-9:00am Welcome to Miami University and Rouge Forum
Dr. Dennis Carlson, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University
Dr. Michael Dantley, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs,
In-coming Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University

Introduction of Susan Ohanian – Rich Gibson, Emeritus Professor, San Diego State University
Questions/Discussion – Rich Gibson, Emeritus Professor, San Diego State University

10:30am-11:30am PLENARY: Occupy Education! Class Conscious Pedagogies and Social Change
Facilitators: E. Wayne Ross, University of British Columbia
Rich Gibson, Emeritus Professor, San Diego State University

11:30am-1:00pm LUNCH Downtown Oxford

1:10pm-2:40pm Session F1

F1A Rm 416 Paper Presentations: Social Justice and Radical Education

  • Doug Selwyn, Plattsburgh State University—“Radicalizing Education Conversation”
  • C. Gregg Jorgensen, Western Illinois University—”Reflective Thinking as the Foundation for a Social Justice Education Model”
  • Greg Queen, Public School Teacher, Detroit, MI—”Teaching Radical History in Capitalist Context”
  • Joe Wegwert, Northern Arizona University—”Living and Teaching in the State of Irrationality We Call Arizona”

F1B Rm 418 Panel: Equity, Social Justice, and Math and Science Education

  • Carl Wilms, Miami University
  • Scott Sander, Miami University
  • Todd Edwards, Miami University

F1C Rm 419 Panel: From Occupying the Department of Education to Occupying the Conversation on Education Reform: A Social Primer

  • Shaun Johnson, Towson University
  • Tim Slekar, Penn State
  • Tom Poetter, Miami University

F1D Rm 317 Alternative Format: Fracking in Ohio: Efforts to resist – Lessons, stories, and discussion about grass roots
efforts and struggles to educate our communities to stop fracking

  • Joe Cronin, Antioch University, Yellow Springs
  • Mary Clare Rietz, Ohio Alliance for People and Environment, Cincinnati
  • Peg Koebernick, Gas and Oil Drilling Awareness and Education, Yellow Springs

2:50pm-4:20pm Session F2

F2A Rm 317 Paper Presentations: Technology, Social Media, and Democratic Education

  • Vance S. Martin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—Empowering the disenfranchised with technology
  • Libbi Miller, Northern Arizona University—Dialogue to Disenfranchise: A Case Study Uncovering Hierarchical Relationships in the Secondary Computer-Assisted Credit Recovery Classroom
  • Thomas Patrick Huston, Indiana University—Constructivist Theories of Learning, New Media, and Reform in Public Education
  • Sue Bartow, Miami University—Social Media Pedagogies – Democratic or Mechanized? Teachers Exploring Social Media in their Teaching

F2B Rm 416 Paper Presentations: Contexts of Teaching and Learning

  • Tiffany Farias-Sokoloski, University of Texas at San Antonio—Teacher Identity: The influence of Students’ Home Life on the Reconstruction of Teachers’ Identity
  • Suzanne Griffin, Northern Arizona University—Bound by Contradiction: Social Patterns and Conflicting Communities in Middle School Cafeteria
  • Sheri Leafgren, Miami University and Francis Broadway, University of Akron—Unmasking: On violence, Masculinity and Superheroes in (Science) Education

F2C Rm 418 Panel: The Enterprise University Plan: An Attack on Public Education

  • Richard Quantz, Miami University (Chair)
  • Kelly Church, Miami University
  • Rachel Radina, Miami University
  • Kelly Waldrop, Miami University

F2D Rm 419 Alternative Format: The Students for a Democratic Society and the Sixties: Getting Ready for Revolution

  • Rich Gibson, San Diego State University
  • Alan Spector, Purdue University, Calumet

4:30pm-7:30pm Dinner Downtown Oxford

7:45pm-8:30pm  MCG 322: Assembly Room PLENARY: Drawing wisdom and power from this day

8:30pm-9:30pm MCG 322: Assembly Room Special Performance

Rouge Forum Exclusive: Special staged preview performance of

“Know the Teacher Left Behind” by William R. Boyer

William Boyer is a Detroit area educator, playwright and performer. This timely new monologue reveals the profound struggles surrounding an aging, urban radical-teacher and his inevitable collision with humorously tragic institutional mismanagement so prevalent in our No Child Left Behind era of errors. Mr. Boyer’s true-life portrayals of working at a “failing school,” dramatically recreate unusual lives – and losses – unavoidable in such an alternatingly comical and somber environment. While tracing the history of the history-making divide between the (almost all-white white) suburbs and the largely abandoned (mostly black) city of Detroit, Mr. Boyer’s Know the Teacher Left Behind suggests real solutions for all schools from the dead end tyranny of state-sponsored factory schooling.

Saturday, June 23

8:15am-8:45am Registration and Coffee MCG 322: Assembly Room

8:45am-10:15am Session S-1

S1A Rm MCG 416 Paper Presentations: Challenging Capitalist and Militarist Structures in Education

  • Curry Malott, West Chester University—Rethinking Educational Purpose: The Socialist Challenge
  • Jean Ann Foley, Northern Arizona University—NCATE: The spirit of Militarism and the Disintegration of Democratic Education
  • Barbara Rose, Miami University—The Big “O”: Occupying Against Reductionism in Education: Using Small and Sustained Action
  • Jan Nespor, Ohio State University—Coins of the Academic Realm: Hidden infrastructures of Capitalist Relations and the Price of Learning

S1B Rm MCG 317 Paper Presentations: Critique, Occupation, and Re-formation in Reclaiming Democracy

  • Dan Reyes, Nonstop Institute of Yellow Springs OH—Between Occupation And Re-Formation: Instituting Democratic Community And The University
  • Jason Keyser, West Chester University—Bipartisan majoritarian rule and the threat to individual human rights
  • Hallie DeCatherine Jones, Indiana University—Cultural Pedagogies of Critique: How Corporeal Vulnerability is used as a Symbolic and Tactical Function
  • within the #occupy Movement

S1C Rm MCG 418 Panel: Transforming Occupation: Challenging Neoliberalism and Militarism in Education Through
Community Praxis

  • Shannon K. McManimon , University of Minnesota
  • Erin L. Dyke, University of Minnesota
  • Brian D. Lozenski, University of Minnesota
  • Zachary A. Casey, University of Minnesota

S1D Rm MCG 419 Alternative Format: People’s Platform for Equality and Justice

  • Tom Dutton, Miami University
  • Fariba Nourian, Occupy the Hood and Occupy Cincinnati
  • Vanessa Sparks, Mohawk Area Development Corporation (MADCo)
  • Josh Spring, Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless
  • Chris Wilkey, Northern Kentucky University

10:20am-10:50am MCG 322 Assembly Room PLENARY

11:00am-12:30pm Session S-2

S2A Rm MCG 416 Panel: Reclaiming the Promise of Democratic Education

  • Dennis Carlson, Miami University (Chair)—Picking Up the Pieces: Reclaiming the Promise of Democratic Education in an Age of Catastrophe
  • Jamal Abu-Attiyeh, Miami University—The Occupation of Arab and Muslim Identity
  • Precious Gawanani, Miami University—Occupy Freedom: A nine Month Battle of Academic Freedom by University of Malawi Faculty and Students
  • Ali Hachem, Miami University—From Occupation to Occupying: How to Reclaim the Uncertain in an Age of Certainty

S2B Rm MCG 317 Panel: Occupying Capitalism: The Lessons of Paulo Freire, and Sal Castro

  • Crystal Swenson, West Chester University—The relevance of Sal Castro in the times of ‘Occupy’: What have we learned? What have we yet to learn?
  • Dana Morrison Simone, West Chester University—Occupy or Be Occupied: What Paulo Freire Can Tell Us About Occupy Wall Street
  • John M. Elmore, West Chester University—Magical consciousness and the dogmatic mind

S2C Rm MCG 418 Panel: Dangerous Counterstories: Narrating for understanding, solidarity, resistance, and community
in the age of Neoliberalism

  • Emily A. Daniels, SUNY Plattsburgh
  • Brad Porfilio, Lewis University
  • E. Wayne Ross, University of British Columbia

S2D Rm MCG 419 Alternative Format: Occupy the Hood & Occupy Cincinnati

  • Rachel Radina, Miami University (Chair)
  • Ben Stockwell. Occupy Cincinnati
  • Vanessa Sparks, Occupy the Hood
  • Rigel Behrens, Occupy the Hood & Occupy Cincinnati
  • Justin Jeffre, Occupy Cincinnati

12:30pm-2:00pm LUNCH Downtown Oxford

2:00pm-3:45pm MCG 322: Assembly Room—KEYNOTE ADDRESSES: Paul Street and Mike Prysner 
Introductions: Joe Wegwert and Bryan Reinholdt
Questions/Discussion: Bryan Reinholdt and Joe Cronin

3:45pm-5:00pm MCG 322: Assembly Room PLENARY: Resistance Within the Ranks of the US Military 
Facilitators: Bryan Reinholdt and Mike Prysner

5:15pm-6:30pm MCG 322: Assembly Room Special Performance 

Woody Guthrie, Joe Hill, and Bruce Springsteen: A visionary soundtrack for the OCCUPY movements
Doug Morris, Eastern New Mexico University

6:30pm-7:15pm MCG 322: Assembly Room PLENARY: Review and Renew – Where do we go from here? 
Facilitator: E. Wayne Ross, University of British Columbia

7:00pm-(Whenever) Dinner & (Whatever) Downtown Oxford

Sunday, May 24

10am-Noon Planning Meeting


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