Crystal T. Laura (Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago) is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Co-Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education at Chicago State University. Laura began her career, in 2008, as an African American History and Communication teacher at St. Leonard’s Adult High School for formerly imprisoned men and women, and as a personal essayist who wrote to better understand and disentangle the intersections of education and incarceration. Her research has focused on the social foundations of education, diversity and equity in schools, and building the capacity of school leaders at all levels of the educational trajectory to promote social justice. Among her publications is the award-winning book, Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, a powerful account of one family's odyssey through the American gulag--jail and prison, before that school and special education, and then the temptations and the perils of the streets--and their struggle to disrupt a narrative with its brutal conclusion seemingly already written. Dr. Laura is a gifted storyteller, who uses anthropological techniques and sociological lenses to describe in fine detail the current context of urban education, and the hopeful possibilities of how things can be otherwise.
Teaching for Love, toward Justice, with Joy: An Intimate Approach to Educational Work
Professor Crystal Laura, Chicago State University
April 21, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Seigle Hall, room 204