Crystal Laura to Present ‘Against the Social Ecology of School Discipline’

February 25, 2015

The School of Education continues the Douglas P. Biklen Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 26, with Crystal T. Laura, assistant professor of educational leadership at Chicago State University. Laura will present “Against the Social Ecology of School Discipline: Teaching for Love, Justice and Joy” at 5:30 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium.

Crystal T. Laura

Crystal T. Laura

The lecture is free and open to the public, and CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation) services will be provided.

In this talk, Laura will discuss her new book “Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline” (Teachers College Press, 2014), a riveting account of her younger brother’s odyssey through school and to prison. She makes an eloquent and urgent argument that schools can only succeed with all of our children when they are built on a foundation of “love, justice and joy,” a pursuit she describes as “dangerous and worthwhile.”

Laura’s presentation is a continuation of the 2014-15 Landscape of Urban Lecture Series theme, “Surveillance & Segregation in 21st Century Schools: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.” Copies of the book will be for sale at the event.

Since 2005, the Landscape of Urban Education Lecture Series has been dedicated to the presentation of current ideas and strategies for navigating urban education terrain in the United States. The speakers engaged for this series are renowned scholars committed to revitalizing inclusive urban education. The School of Education invites all students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends in the community to experience these presentations.

A gift by School of Education Board of Visitors member Jeryl Mitchell ’81, G’83 named the lecture series in honor of retiring Dean Douglas P. Biklen. This will allow the lecture series to continue its mission and expand its audience and national reach for many years to come.