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Research Conversations: Johnny Lupinacci

Scholar-Activism: Research as Praxis in Support of Democracy in Dangerous Times

Description: In this presentation, Lupinacci asserts that all research is political. Given the global challenges for social and environmental justice educators and researchers, he will discuss the importance of scholar-activism in education research in relationship to diversity, creative democracy, and sustainability. He draws from an ecocritical framework in education influenced by anarchism, ecofeminisms, critical animal studies, and abolitionist teaching. He emphasizes the need for scholar-activist research and teaching to expose human supremacy’s connection with hierarchized rationalization and justification of racism, sexism, ableism, and classism as cultural rather than given by nature. The stakes are high, and the capacity of the planet for sustaining life with respect to cultural and biological diversity depends upon future generations learning to live creatively, democratically, and at peace with diverse ecosystems. Offering more than just a critique of anthropocentrism and a discussion to better understand scholar-activism and research as radical praxis, Dr. Lupinacci will invite participants to discuss these very real threats and dangers, as well as the need for rigorous, thoughtful, respectful scholar-activism in solidarity with a myriad of ways folkx build communities. Together we can recognize, resist, and reconstitute education to include our more-than-human cohabitants and creatively reclaim democracies in favor of multispecies inclusion, equity, and justice.

 

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A handful of times each semester, we give some time to a faculty to share their research with the rest of us. These one-hour (max!) sessions are always very compelling.

COE Diversity Forum

Award winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh will visit WSU to discuss stories of immigration and teaching about immigration to elementary aged students. This event will include a book signing sponsored by The Bookie. Livestream is provided by WSU Global Campus.

The talk will be from 4:00-5:00 p.m. with a book signing and reception to follow from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tee-YOU) is the author-illustrator of The Princess and the Warrior, Funny Bones, Separate Is Never Equal, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, Diego Rivera: His World and Ours and Dear Primo. He is the illustrator of Esquivel! and Salsa. His books have received multiple accolades, among them the Pura Belpré Medal, the Sibert Medal, The Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award, The Américas Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award.

Duncan Tonatiuh is both Mexican and American. He grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City. His artwork is inspired by Pre-Columbian art, particularly that of the Mixtec codex. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past, but that are relevant to people, specially children, nowadays.