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Date(s) - March 23, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Andrew G. Clark Building

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Guest Lecture: Rethinking Critical Global Studies – Breathing Room, Wake Work and Imagining Curriculums Beyond Borders

 THURS March 23 | 4-5 PM | Clark 144

Global StudiesGuest Lecturer: Prof. Adrienne Merritt – CU Boulder

Merritt argues for an approach to Critical Global studies and Education that attends to the concerns of those traditionally excluded from the academic space. She makes use of Black theory and studies to read the ways in which global education both affords potential moments for connection, but can also resuscitate and reiterate colonial and imperialist visions of education, barring entrance to many on the basis of race, class, gender, and the intersection thereof.

Merritt focuses on the concept of “breathing room” as a possible (yet liminal) space to move beyond traditionalist conceptualizations of language, culture, nation, and belonging. How can we as educators encourage breathing and thinking beyond these systemic structures when they are often interwoven and enmeshed within our curriculums?




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