Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline and the Rise of Hip Hop and Transformative Justice in the Era of Ferguson
Lecture by: Dr. Anthony J. Nocella II
March 12, 2015
7pm to 9pm
Science Hall, Atrium
Buffalo, New York
This presentation will speak about the growing surveilling, arresting, repressing, and incarcerating of youth by schools, corporations, and law enforcement agencies. This presentation, grounded in the movement that arose from Ferguson, examines how the school and criminal industrial complexes construct and depend upon the school to prison pipeline. Today, more economically disadvantaged students, students of color, and LGBTTQIA students are being pushed out of school and into the juvenile injustice system. This presentation will critically discuss educational and criminal justice tools and systems that perpetuate the targeting of youth for a life behind bars. Dr. Nocella 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, a scholar of disability studies and a person with disabilities, will also examine how special education is the first stop in the pipeline from schools to prisons, which he refers to as the New Eugenics Movement. 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 via Hip Hop hold the key to dismantling the school to prison pipeline.
Anthony J. Nocella II, Ph.D., a Senior Fellow of the Dispute Resolution Institute at the Hamline Law School, 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 and academic repression. He is Co-Director of Save the Kids, a national grass-roots fully-volunteer organization dedicated to alternatives to and the end of youth incarceration and 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 such as 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. He is Editor of the Peace Studies Journal and Director of the Academy for Peace Education. Further, Nocella has published more than twenty books; some of his most recent works include Hollywood’s Exploited: Public Pedagogy, Corporate Movies, and Cultural Crisis (2010), Policing the Campus: Academic Repression, Surveillance, and the Occupy Movement (2013), and Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice (2014).
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