Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete

October 20, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Presented by Jeff Duncan-Andrade, PhD

What are the material conditions that affect urban youth before they even step foot in our classrooms? What does it mean to develop educational environments that are relevant and responsive to these conditions? How should these educational spaces define success for students and teachers? Social toxins emerge from racism and poverty, and those toxins impact young people and the development of their identities. This talk closely examines those toxins and offers strategies for developing educators who are better equipped to create environments for understanding and responding to them. Drawing from 20 years as an urban educator, Duncan-Andrade explores the concept of hope as essential for nurturing urban youth. Through the voices of young people and their teachers, and the invocation of powerful metaphor and imagery, we discover critical hope’s significance for an education that relieves suffering in underserved communities. 

A reception will follow the lecture. This event is free and open the public, though registration is appreciated.


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Location and Address

University Club
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15213