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EdMonth presents "Precious Knowledge", a screening and discussion

EdMonth presents "Precious Knowledge", a screening and discussion

Monday, March 10, 6 PM | Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) 302 | Pizza Served

  • Date:
    Monday, March 10, 2014
  • Time:
    6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Campus:
    University Park Campus
  • Venue:
    Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC)
  • Room:
    302
  • Cost:
    Free

Summary:

Precious Knowledge documents the roller coaster of the ethnic studies program within Arizona public schools. Recently, California State University, Los Angeles, has faced a similar struggle. On February 25th, the academic senate at CSULA approved a motion that all students will have to take a course focusing on race/ethnicity in order to graduate. The screening and discussion will explore the question, “Can the government really justify removing programs that the people, the community, are demanding?” 

Join us for a panel discussion following the screening to learn more about the struggles occurring at CSULA and across the country.



Description:

Co-SponsorsAcademic Culture Assembly, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, El Centro Chicano and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics 

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Precious Knowledge documents the roller coaster of the ethnic studies program within Arizona public schools. Opponents of the program launched a campaign to convince the public that ethnic studies are anti-American and teach “reverse racism.” The film highlights how Tucson High School students organized to save the discipline, which was having such a positive impact on graduation rates for underrepresented students. Despite their efforts, in 2011 Arizona lawmakers passed a bill giving unilateral power to the state superintendent of schools to abolish ethnic studies classes.

Recently, California State University, Los Angeles, has faced a similar struggle. The presence of a multicultural narrative had been jeopardized within the school's general education system. On February 25th, the academic senate at CSULA approved a motion that all students will have to take a course focusing on race/ethnicity in order to graduate. The screening and discussion will explore the question, “Can the government really justify removing programs that the people, the community, are demanding?” The fight to restore ethnic studies continues in Arizona and other states as the education system continues to adapt to a changing populace.

Join us for a panel discussion following the screening to learn more about the struggles occurring at CSULA and across the country. Screening at 6 PM, followed by pizza and discussion at 7:30 PM.

Moderator: Kendall Williams, Assistant Director, USC Admissions and USC B.A. American Studies and Ethnicity '11

Panelists: Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles; Abel Correa, Lecturer of Chicano Studies at California State University, Los Angeles

Organizers: Helen Yuan, EdMonth Coordinator; Kendall Williams, Assistant Director, USC Admissions