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L.A. Teachers, Students to Gather at MSMU To Share Ideas on Youth Activism

March 31, 2008 -- The Education Department at Mount Saint Mary’s University is bringing together teachers and students from throughout Los Angeles April 5 at a "Critical Teaching in Action" conference designed to promote discussions about race, diversity, and engaging youth in positive activism.

Sandra Robbie, writer/producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary, Mendez vs. Westminster: For All the Children/Para Todos los Ninos, will keynote the event, sharing the story of the Orange County school desegregation case that ended legal school segregation in California seven years before Brown vs. Board of Education.

"All over Los Angeles, teachers and youth are engaged in outstanding projects to transform education and society," says Julie Feldman-Abe, director of the Mount's Center for Cultural Fluency and conference organizer. "We are thrilled to bring them together for dialogue and celebration of their hard work."

Workshops at "Critical Teaching in Action" will include Graffiti Art and Youth Expression in the Classroom; Engaging in Youth Organizing; and Defining Your Own Social Justice Mission.

A special award will be presented to Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teachers lead students in a critical examination of racism and prejudice to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. The event will culminate with a performance of "Horizon Line," a compassion play by Encompass.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Doheny Campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University, located at 10 Chester Place in downtown Los Angeles. "Critical Teaching in Action" is sponsored by the College's acclaimed Education Department and Center for Cultural Fluency. For more information, click here.

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