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Illinois State University Speaker Series: Shirley Steinberg
Listening To Their Generation: Advocacy and Support with Youth
6:30 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Talk
Escalante Room (VRO 103) of Hewett-Manchester residence halls
Shirley R. Steinberg, research professor of critical youth studies at the University of Calgary, will share a conversation about how youth/teenagers came to be, our inability to “like” them, and to be trusted by them. How do we facilitate youth activism if we fear what they’re going to do? This presentation will discuss ways in which to support and elevate today’s youth.
Steinberg is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy and cultures, urban and youth culture, critical qualitative research, and cultural studies. Originally a social/improvisational theatre creator, she has facilitated happenings and flash mobs globally. A regular contributor to the Spanish, U.S., and Canadian Press, she is an internationally known speaker and teacher. She is the organizer of International Institute of Critical Pedagogy and Transformative Leadership, and is committed to a global community of transformative educators and community workers engaged in radical love, social justice, and the situating of power within social and cultural contexts, specifically involving youth. Her most recent book (2018) is Activists Under 30: Global Youth, Social Justice, and Good Work.
Shirley’s work focuses on the cultural/social/education development of youth, and critical community involvement. She is concerned with how society views young people, and her work creates an environment in which youth are viewed as positive democratic agents within society. As a research chair, she has established an international network of youth and community workers engaged in a critical pedagogical approach to activism and pedagogy. Her work is currently focused on issues of Islamophobia, empowerment of youth and women, and authentic community engagement.
The talk is part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series. The series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.