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International Seminar Series: “It’s Not About Ego: Authentic Community Engagement with New Americans”

Wednesday, September 5th 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Description

Title of Presentation: 

It’s Not About Ego: Authentic Community Engagement with New Americans


Dr. Shirley Steinberg
Werklund Research Professor of Critical Youth Studies
University of Calgary, Canada

Presentation Overview: 

How do we become authentic community advocates and friends to newcomers to our country?  What are the ways in which we engage and consider migration, immigration, and refugees?  In a time where the very act of entering the US is contested, how do we stand behind new residents?  Our conversation presents more questions than answers as we consider ways in which we view, engage, and facilitate newcomers.

Speaker Bio: 

Shirley R. Steinberg is a Research Professor of Critical Youth Studies at the University of Calgary. She 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 flashmobs globally. A regular contributor to the Spanish, US, 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.

Series Overview:

The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.

Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.

International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The fall 2018 series will focus on immigration.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Office of International Studies and Programs
(309) 438-5276