We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and Anti-Racism Social Work
Keynote Address by Dr. Bettina Love
The 34th annual Symposium will explore the theme of de-colonizing education, with a keynote address from Dr. Bettina Love
, an award-winning author, sought-after speaker and co-founder of the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN).
Dr. Love’s talk will discuss the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system and social work practices where all students and everyone we serve are thriving, not simply surviving.
Dr. Love’s writing, research, teaching, and advocacy work meet at the intersection of education reform, anti-racism, carceral studies, abolition, and Black joy. She has worked with activists, communities, youth, families, and school districts to build communal, civically-engaged schools rooted in the aspirations of abolitionist strategies, and to advance how the field of education understands and critiques the systemic and structural racism of public education.