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Nov 10, 2014 – GENEVA, NY – Is Special Education the New Racial Eugenics? Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline and the Hope of Peace through Hip Hop, Transformative Justice, and Inclusive Education


Is Special Education the New Racial Eugenics? Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline and the Hope of Peace through Hip Hop, Transformative Justice, and Inclusive Education
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Presented by: Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II

12:15 to 1:25pm
Nov 10, 2014

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Today, more economically disadvantaged students, students of color, and students who learn differently are being pushed into special education with IEPs and stigmatized as having disabilities or disorders. This presentation will examine how traditional special education is the first stop in the pipeline from schools to prisons for many Youth of Color. Dr. Nocella will examine how special education is a modern form of eugenics and modern racial segregation in schools. Further, this presentation will critically discuss educational tools and systems that perpetuate standardization. He will also elaborate on the many ideas and players involved in the movement to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and those who profit off of school pushout and youth incarceration. Dr. Nocella will leave the audience with tools for community organizing and prepare teachers to be inclusive educators. He will also discuss how transformative justice in schools and inclusive education hold the key to dismantling the school to prison pipeline.

Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Department of Education, Global Initiative on Disability.

Short Biography:

Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., is a professor of education and justice studies and is nationally recognized as a leading scholar-activist on the topic of the school to prison pipeline. His most recent book From Education to Incarceration: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline is being praised by national organizations including the ACLU. He has organized nationally on the topic and has provided workshops for youth and adults in more than thirty different jails, prisons, and juvenile detention facilities.

Long Biography:

Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., award-winning author, community organizer, and educator, is a Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at the Hamline Law School. Nocella is the Cp-Director of Save the Kids, a national grass-roots organization dedicated to creating alternatives to youth incarceration. He is also the Executive Director of the international Institute for Critical Animal Studies, the first center dedicated to intersectional social justice scholarship-activism centered on animal advocacy. He is Editor of the Peace Studies Journal and Director of the Academy for Peace Education. Nocella has been dedicated to social justice for over twenty years and has organized international conferences, rallies, and days and weeks of action. He is the co-founder of eco-ability, disability pedagogy, and critical animal studies. He is a leading scholar-activist in transformative justice, total liberation, academic repression, anarchist studies, Hip Hop, and the school to prison pipeline. Further, Nocella has published more than twenty books; some of his most recent include Hollywood’s Exploited: Public Pedagogy, Corporate Movies, and Cultural Crisis (2010), Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice (2014), Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement (2013). Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (2014), The End of Prisons: Reflections from the Decarceration Movement (2013), and Academic Repression: Reflections on the Academic Industrial Complex (2010).