Washington D.C. Area Events

August 26, 2017

Education Teach-in: Valerie Strauss will moderate a teach-in with Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld, David Osborne and Dawn Williams on the present and future reality of our K-12 public education system. What does public education mean, and how can we best equip our children for the 21st-century? How can schools and school systems protect children from discrimination and support those living in poverty? How should we as parents, students, and citizens respond to various political agendas, and is the concept of public education itself under attack?  This event will be held at Politics & Prose at 3:00 p.m. and is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Learn more.

September 7, 2017

Combatting Hate Incidents in Education: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi will moderate the Fall 2017 School of Global Education Forum (GEF) on ‘Hate Incidents in Education.’ Maureen Costello, Oren Segal, Terri Johnson, Yolanda Savage-Narva, Iman Abou Atta and Dr. Edit Schlaffer will hold a panel discussion on hate crimes and educational interventions targeting anti-migrant, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and racist violence. Coming on the heels of rising far right populism and violence against migrants, refugees and Muslim and Jewish communities, this is a timely and critical event aiming at disentangling what role educational institutions– including schools, museums, research think tanks, foundations and more– can do to combat incidents and promote tolerance and respectful coexistence across diverse communities. This event will be held on American University’s main campus, in McDowell Formal Lounge from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Registration for this event is free.

September 21-22, 2017

Américas Award Ceremony & Teacher Workshop: Celebrate the 2017 Américas Award honorees at this year’s award ceremony and teacher workshop. Come out and meet award-winning authors and illustrators and learn how to incorporate the books into your classroom or library. Speakers will include 2017 Américas Award winning author of The Only Road Alexandra Díaz, as well as Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us, an honor book, and Nadia L. Hohn, author of Malaika’s Costume, another honor book. Learn more. Sign up for the workshop here.

September 30, 2017

Teaching Africa Day: As part of African Heritage Month this will be the first ever interactive and child-friendly event geared specifically toward educating children and youth about Africa. Educators, Authors, Leaders, Artists, and the whole community will share what they have learned from Africa, and African traditions. Guest speakers include Senators, Mrs. Nicole Peacock, representing the State Department Bureau of African Affairs, and Mr. Ikheola, Director of the Board of Education of Montgomery County. This event will take place at 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring MD from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

November 3-4, 2017

Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) Dinner: (Nov 3, 6-9pm) The Children’s Africana Book Awards (CABA) are presented annually at the CABA Dinner to the authors and illustrators of the best children’s and young adult books on Africa published or republished in the U.S. Learn more. (See book awards).

Children’s African Book Awards (CABA) Book Festival: (Nov 4, 11am-2pm) Bring the family to the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and enjoy meeting the authors, art activities, storytelling, face painting and delicious food. Learn more.

November 4, 2017

Beverly Daniel Tatum – Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about RaceRevised and updated to reflect recent events, Tatum’s classic study of the psychology of racism is as urgent and important now as when it first appeared in 1997. Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, was recognized for her groundbreaking work with the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, the highest honor presented by the American Psychological Association. Her book resists the nation’s current polarization, countering violence with an appeal for direct and open talk about racial identity as a way to achieve true communication across differences. This event will be held at Politics & Prose and is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

December 4, 2017

People’s History Trivia Night: A night for social justice teachers and friends. Join us for a fun night of questions and answers about the history often missing from textbooks—the role of women, people of color, labor, and other social movements.

April 19-21, 2018

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Split This Rock invites proposals for workshops, panel and roundtable discussions, and themed group readings for the Sixth Biennial Split This Rock Poetry Festival, scheduled for April 19-21, 2018, in Washington, DC. The festival, celebrating the tenth anniversary of Split This Rock, will feature Kwame Dawes and Solmaz Sharif!

More peace and justice events in DC: Washington Peace Center


For many more upcoming conferences,
see the list on the Zinn Education Project website.


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