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  Working the trap: How race and place make school reform governable in Newark, NJ  

The Virginia Tech Center for Humanities presents "Vox Humanities Conversations", a series of live-streamed discussions with Faculty Research Associates who will speak about their work. These conversations are free and open to the public and we invite anyone to join the online presentation.

Urban public school districts across the U.S. fight off compounding existential threats: environmental risks, political takeovers, the closing of flagship neighborhood schools, land grabs, mass layoffs of teachers, and chronic underfunding. Claire Cahen's research situates itself in the overlap of geography and political economy to understand the major historical shifts that have made it possible to put urban public education in such critical condition. In this conversation with Center for Humanities Director Sylvester Johnson, she examines Newark, New Jersey as a case study into why urban school districts are alternately being dismantled, diminished, and privatized, what this has to do with race, why local communities continue to fight to save schools labeled as "failures," and how the restructuring of public education is linked to broader patterns of displacement rocking majority-Black and -Brown urban cores today.

Dr. Claire Cahen is an assistant professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning program in the School of Public and International Affairs. Her research interests center on urban austerity, community development, labor, and racial justice. Her current project examines how parents students, and teachers negotiate cuts to public education in Newark, NJ. Dr. Cahen has published in a range of social science journals and has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses, including a graduate seminar on "Multicultural Cities."

There will be a brief Q & A session with viewers following the conversation. If you wish to participate, please use your Google log in to post your questions or comments to the YouTube chat during the presentation. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact the Center for Humanities at 540-231-1981 or email at least 10 days prior to the event.
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Location: Online
Price: Free
Sponsor: Center for Humanities
Contact: Center for Humanities
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