Spring 2021

Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education book coverGutman Library Book Talk - Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education: A Universal Design Toolkit

Written by Sheryl E. Burgstahler

Thursday, March 4, 2021 4-5p.m. EST (online)

Please register: bit.ly/InclusiveLearningHigherEd

About the book: In Creating Inclusive Learning Opportunities in Higher Education, Sheryl Burgstahler provides a practical, step-by-step guide for putting the principles of universal design into action. The book offers multiple ways to access, engage with, and transform the higher education environment: making physical spaces welcoming to students of all abilities; creating digital learning and assistive technology programs that meet the needs of all users; developing universal design in higher education (UDHE) syllabi, assessments and teaching practices that minimize the need for academic accommodations; and institutionalizing universal design supports and services.

A follow-up to Universal Design in Higher Education, Burgstahler’s new book will be a valuable resource for leaders, faculty, and administrators who are interested in acquiring the tools needed to create barrier-free learning environments. Filled with applications, examples, recommendations, and above all, a framework in which to conceptualize UDHE, this volume will help educators meet the design needs of all students and honor the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

About the event: This book talk will be live-captioned! Author Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D., Director, UW Accessible Technology & DO-IT, UW-IT and Affiliate Professor, Education at the University of Washington, Seattle will discuss her book and answer questions at the end of the event.

Where to read: More info about the book here

Watch the closed-captioned recording.

Rural Education in America book cover Gutman Library Book Talk - Rural Education in America: What Works for Our Students, Teachers, and Communities

Written by Geoff and Sky Marietta 

Friday, March 26, 2021 12-1p.m. ET (online)

Please register: bit.ly/RuralEdAmerica

About the book: Rural Education in America provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the diversity and complexity of rural communities in the United States and for helping rural educators implement and evaluate successful place-based programs tailored for students and their families. Written by Geoff and Sky Marietta, educators who grew up in rural America and returned there to raise their children, the book illustrates how efficacy is determined by the degrees to which instruction, interventions, and programs address the needs and strengths of each unique rural community.

About the event: Join us for a discussion with the authors: Geoff Marietta, MBA'07, Ed.M.’12, Ed.D.’15, Entrepreneur in Residence, University of the Cumberlands and Sky Marietta, Ed.M.'08, Ed.D.’12, Assistant Professor, University of the Cumberlands 

Where to read: More info about the book here

Link to closed-captioned video recordings: Part 1 and part 2

The End of Adolescence book cover imageGutman Library Book Talk - The End of Adolescence: The Lost Art of Delaying Adulthood

Written by Nancy Hill and Alexis Redding 

Thursday, April 8, 2021 4-5p.m. ET (online)

Please register: bit.ly/EndOfAdolescence

About the book: Is Gen Z resistant to growing up? A leading developmental psychologist and an expert in the college student experience debunk this stereotype and explain how we can better support young adults as they make the transition from adolescence to the rest of their lives.

Experts and the general public are convinced that young people today are trapped in an extended adolescence—coddled, unaccountable, and more reluctant to take on adult responsibilities than previous generations. Nancy Hill and Alexis Redding argue that what is perceived as stalled development is in fact typical. Those reprimanding today’s youth have forgotten that they once balked at the transition to adulthood themselves.

From an abandoned archive of recordings of college students from half a century ago, Hill and Redding discovered that there is nothing new about feeling insecure, questioning identities, and struggling to find purpose. Like many of today’s young adults, those of two generations ago also felt isolated and anxious that the path to success felt fearfully narrow. This earlier cohort, too, worried about whether they could make it on their own.

Yet, among today’s young adults, these developmentally appropriate struggles are seen as evidence of immaturity. If society adopts this jaundiced perspective, it will fail in its mission to prepare young adults for citizenship, family life, and work. Instead, Hill and Redding offer an alternative view of delaying adulthood and identify the benefits of taking additional time to construct a meaningful future. When adults set aside judgment, there is a lot they can do to ensure that young adults get the same developmental chances they had.

About the event: authors Nancy Hill, Charles Bigelow Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Alexis Redding, Ed.D.'18, Ed.M.'10, Lecturer on Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss their book. There will be a Q&A session at the end of the event. 

Where to read: More info about the book here

Link to a closed-captioned video recording. 

The Education Trap book cover  Gutman Library Book Talk - The Education Trap: Schools and the Remaking of Inequality in Boston

Written by Cristina Viviana Groeger

Friday, April 23, 2021 12-1p.m. ET (online)

Please register: bit.ly/TheEduTrap

About the book: For generations, Americans have looked to education as the solution to economic disadvantage. Yet, although more people are earning degrees, the gap between rich and poor is widening. Cristina Groeger delves into the history of this seeming contradiction, explaining how education came to be seen as a panacea even as it paved the way for deepening inequality.

The Education Trap returns to the first decades of the twentieth century, when Americans were grappling with the unprecedented inequities of the Gilded Age. Groeger’s test case is the city of Boston, which spent heavily on public schools. She examines how workplaces came to depend on an army of white-collar staff, largely women and second-generation immigrants, trained in secondary schools. But Groeger finds that the shift to more educated labor had negative consequences—both intended and unintended—for many workers. Employers supported training in schools in order to undermine the influence of craft unions, and so shift workplace power toward management. And advanced educational credentials became a means of controlling access to high-paying professional and business jobs, concentrating power and wealth. Formal education thus became a central force in maintaining inequality.

About the event: The event will feature a panel discussion with Anthony Abraham Jack, Ph.D. '16, junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Eddie Cole, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at UCLA. 

Where to read: More info about the book here

Link to a closed-captioned video recording. 

Collaborative Action for Equity and Opportunity book cover image Gutman Library Book Talk: Collaborative Action for Equity and Opportunity

Written by Paul Reville and Lynne Sacks

Thursday, April 29, 2021, 4-5p.m. ET (online)

Please register: bit.ly/Collaborative_Action

About the book: Collaborative Action for Equity and Opportunity provides a how-to guide for education, government, and community leaders interested in creating cross-sector systems of support for students. These collaborations strive to close achievement and opportunity gaps and to help children overcome problems stemming from poverty, racism, and other societal ills.
Collaborative Action for Equity and Opportunity highlights the roles that school and municipal leaders play in creating comprehensive systems of support and opportunity for all children in a community.

About the event: Both authors will be in attendance: Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at HGSE and founding director of the Ed Redesign Lab and Lynne Sacks, Ed.M.'90 and Ed.D.'14, Lecturer on Education and Associate Director of Programs and Research at HGSE's Ed Redesign Lab. 

Where to read: More info about the book here

Link to closed-captioned video recording. 

Fugitive Pedagogy book cover image Gutman Library Book Talk: Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching

Written by Jarvis R. Givens 

Monday, May 3, 2021, 7-8p.m. ET (online, in collaboration with Harvard Book Store)

Please register: bit.ly/Fugitive_Pedagogy

About the book: Black education was a subversive act from its inception. African Americans pursued education through clandestine means, often in defiance of law and custom, even under threat of violence. They developed what Jarvis Givens calls a tradition of “fugitive pedagogy”—a theory and practice of Black education in America. The enslaved learned to read in spite of widespread prohibitions; newly emancipated people braved the dangers of integrating all-White schools and the hardships of building Black schools. Teachers developed covert instructional strategies, creative responses to the persistence of White opposition. From slavery through the Jim Crow era, Black people passed down this educational heritage.

About the event: Author Jarvis R. Givens, Assistant Professor at HGSE and the Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, will discuss his book. He will be introduced by Joshua Bennett, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

Where to read: More info about the book here

Link to closed-captioned video recording.