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2013 Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory Summer Symposium

Plenary Speakers

Valerie Hill-Jackson: “Towards a Critical Definition for Understanding Community Engagement”

Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson is currently Fulbright Scholar in residence at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University ­– hosted by Professor Chris Weedon. Valerie Hill-Jackson hails from Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas, USA) where she teaches on the Culture and Curriculum Programme in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture. Her research interests include the theory of W.E.B. Dubois and Derrick Bell; critical race theory and community studies; and critical teacher education. Some of her recent  publications include, Cross-Race Mentoring in Teacher Education: Black Teacher Educators Supporting White Pre-Service Teachers (2013); 'Just Don’t Quit On Us': Motivating and Engaging African American Males at a Single Gender Middle School (2012);  and a co-edited book Transforming Teacher Education: What Went Wrong In Teacher Training and How We Can Fix It (2010). Valerie is currently researching the unreported history of Black Welsh GI Brides from Cardiff’s multicultural community.

Lauren Ila Jones Misiaszek: "Engaging with Reflexive Circles in Community Participatory Research: A Pedagogical Workshop"

Dr. Jones Misiaszek is a 2012-2013 UK Fulbright Scholar based at the Centre for Education Research in Equalities, Policy and Pedagogy at Roehampton University in London. At Roehampton, she lectures and conducts research on higher education pedagogies and gender. Lauren is the Assistant Director and Honorary Founder of the Paulo Freire Institute (PFI), University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). She is also an Associate of the Paulo Freire Institute – United Kingdom – based in the Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research (CHEER) at the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex. Lauren is co-instructor of a critical international service-learning programme in Nicaragua for the College of William and Mary (W&M) in Virginia, USA. Before her Fulbright year, she was a part-time UCLA lecturer and the national programme manager for the Veterans Administration’s Geriatric Scholars Program. Her research interests include gender, theology, and social movements, historical memory, “globalization from below,” poetry as a tool for critical literacy, and service-learning. Lauren received BAs in Hispanic Studies and Sociology from W&M in 2004 and completed her MA and PhD in Education from UCLA within the Social Science and Comparative Education division in 2009. She has been a recipient of a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Portuguese) and a World Council of Churches Scholarship.

Glenn Jordan: “A Sikh  Face in Ireland: Photography, Oral History and Action Research

Glenn Jordan is Reader in Photography and Cultural Studies in the Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, University South Wales and Director of Butetown History & Arts Centre.

Born in California, Glenn Jordan was an activist in the Black power and Black studies movements of the late1960s and early 1970s. He studied at Stanford University (1970-76), where he was a research assistant for five yeas to Professor St. Clair Drake, a key figure in the development of African diaspora studies; and at the University of Illinois (1980-86), where he was Assistant Director of Afro-American Studies and a member of the Unit for Criticism & Interpretive Studies (which had close ties to Professor Stuart Hall and the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham). He has lived in Cardiff since 1987.

Glenn teaches cultural studies and photography at the University of Glamorgan and is founding Director of Butetown History & Arts Centre, a community-based gallery, archive and educational centre. He has published widely on visual culture, race, representation and immigrants and minorities in Wales and Ireland. Much of his recent work combines photographic portraitures and life stories. His books include Cultural Politics (1995) with Chris Weedon; Somali Elders: Portraits from Wales (2004); and Hineni: Life Portraits from a Jewish Community (2012). He is also writing Birth of the Black Subject: A Genealogy of Race, Bodies and Power. Exhibitions of his photographic work have been shown at the prestigious Chester Beatty Library in Dublin and the National Museum Wales. His most recent exhibition, consisting of some 60 one-metre portraits of Jews in Cardiff, including Holocaust survivors, was shown at the Cardiff Story Museum in Autumn 2012.

Marlon C. James: “A Higher Calling: Guidance for Aspiring Social Justice Researchers in Unjust Times”

Dr. Marlon C. James is an Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning at Loyola University, Chicago. He earned a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on urban and multicultural education from Texas A&M University (2008) as the 2005 PhD Diversity Research Fellow.  He took his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Sociology from Illinois State University as the first recipient of the Future Professor Scholarship sponsored by Parkland College.  Currently Dr. James’ teaching, service, and research center on urban leadership and educator development through the application of social justice and multicultural education praxis.  Dr. James specializes in developing mutually beneficial partnerships between universities, community organizations, and schools serving minoritized youth.  Dr. James’ authentic approach to urban education is born from his experiences in a single parent family that overcame poverty, drug abuse, shelters, gangs, and community violence on the South Side of Chicago with the support of family, community mentors and educators.  He is married to Kerri James an early childhood educator, and is father to three school-age children.