Harlem on Our Minds
By: Digitization Depot
Published: 11/18/2009
Uploaded: 11/18/2009
Uploaded by: Pocket Master
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, Book Talks
Tags: Harlem, literacy, Race, Urban, Valerie Kinloch, youth

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Description/Abstract: Harlem on Our Minds, Monday, 11/16, 4-5:30pm


On Monday, November 16 Valerie Kinloch will read and discuss Harlem on Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth (Teachers College Press, 2009).

"In her new book, Valerie Kinloch investigates how the lives and literacies of youth in New York City’s historic Harlem are affected by public attempts to gentrify the community. Kinloch draws connections between race, place, and students’ literate identity through collaborative interviews between youth, teachers, longtime black residents, and their new white neighbors. Harlem on Our Minds is a participatory action narrative that makes emerging theories of social ecology real for the high-school English classroom. Vividly drawn lessons show how teachers can engage urban youth in school-based literacy, by linking canonical text, particularly of the Harlem renaissance, to current events. Centered on the literacy stories of two African American youth and their peers, this book for our times showcases the multimodal literacy practices of urban youth through photos, writing samples, student-designed research projects, and more; weaves in multiple voices and perspectives through response pieces by project participants, local teachers, graduate students, and a community activist; and features teaching strategies and reflection points in each chapter." (Teachers College Press).

Dr. Valerie Kinloch is an Associate Professor in Adolescent Literacy and English Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She earned her B.A. in Honors English at Johnson C. Smith University, her M.A. in English and African American Literature at Wayne State University, and her Ph.D. in English/Composition and Rhetoric at Wayne State University. Prior to joining the faculty in the College of Education at OSU, Valerie Kinloch was on faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She worked with students and teachers at local urban high schools in New York, and was a visiting senior English instructor at a high school in Harlem. She also worked as a Writing Resident in an urban middle school through the Writers-In-The-Schools program in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Kinloch’s previous books include: June Jordan: Her Life and Letters (Praegar, 2006) and Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections of the Work of June Jordan (Lexington Books, 2004). Her next book-in-progress is tentatively titled, Critical Perspectives on Education in Urban Settings.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Gottesman Libraries and Teachers College Press.

Where: 305 Russell