Why the Sun Rises: The Faces and Stories of Women in Education

Thursday August 4, 7:30PM

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Educators share an affinity with the sun, mirroring its ability and power to warm, nurture, and guide the masses.  The book Why The SUN Rises shares the inspiration, sweat, and tears of professionals in education. This collection of essays tells 29 unique stories about a profession that is regarded as the hardest in the world.  

Join us in bringing together a community passionate about teaching and learning, in all of its unique forms. This event will showcase the diverse voices from Why The SUN Rises, followed by a panel and audience discussion to unfold some of the topics found in our author’s stories. Amongst those topics you will hear, and be invited to participate in, discussions around how we can be part of changing an educational landscape that is more restrictive than it is freeing, navigating school as women of color, and how our own personal narratives can both free and heal us and our students.

Panel Moderator: Meredith Chase-Mitchell has worked in the nonprofit sector under the education umbrella for over fifteen years in the capacity of director of programs, charter school advocate, and recruiter. She is currently a middle school special education language arts teacher Arlington, Virginia, and has also written a children's book entitled “Mommy and Me” highlighting positive relationships between a mother and her daughter. In 2014, Meredith founded Classroom Culture, an education based startup that provides a platform for professionals in education to collaborate and lead.


Jenna Shaw is the Director of Technology and Creativity at Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore City, Maryland. Jenna is also the Founder and Executive Director of The Whole Teacher, a nonprofit that embeds mental health and wellness services in schools for Baltimore City educators.

Tianna Adams is a Los Angeles native and graduate of Howard University. She has over ten years experience as an educator and has worked at a variety of private and public schools. She is currently an INstructional Coach for Prince George's Public Schools.

Dr. Angela Chambers

Nicole E. Smith currently resides and works in DC as the Senior Program Officer, School Programs for the College Success Foundation DC and is the President and CEO of Smith Education Consulting, where she assists and supports families through the entire college selection and acceptance process.

Nakia Dow is an alum of Virginia Tech and has been in education for over ten years in various education settings. She has taught middle school English, special education, and served as a special education coordinator.

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Crude-by-rail traffic is an urgent issue at the intersection of climate change, workers rights, and public safety and it's been a big topic of debate in Baltimore for years. Earlier this year, the City Council passed a bill banning new crude oil terminals in the city, but crude oil trains continue to pose a danger to the city, particularly as we see the repeated failures of our infrastructure such as the most recent 26th St collapse

Co-sponsored by CCAN, Railroad Workers United, and Clean Water Action

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The Amphitheater of the Dead is a lightly science-fictionalized memoir by the French thinker Guy Hocquenghem, written in the last months of his life with the intention of prolonging it. “Writing saves,” he writes. “Each time that I started work on a book, I knew I would get to the end. That’s the challenge that I launch with this one, one more time.” From May to the end of June 1988, Hocquenghem worked on this last book, writing in pen from his bed until complications from AIDS developed into paralysis and “his hand no longer responded to commands from his brain,” as his comrade Roland Surzur writes in the preface. He did not get to the end.

Set in 2018, the novel dramatizes the task of living with death, imagining a future of chronic deferral remarkable for depictions of AIDS at the time. The mild futurism (in thirty years, not much has visibly changed beyond bioluminescent houseplants) primarily functions as a way for Hocquenghem to reflect on his midcentury life, though reading it in the actual 2018 brings out surprising juxtapositions and resonances with the present. Hocquenghem’s personal trajectory was singular at the time: he forged a new way of relating to homosexuality in France through his thought, writing and political activity, but in retrospect he feels shockingly familiar. We can see now how the course of his life formed the template for many contemporary queer lives.

Guy Hocquenghem's first book Le Désir homosexuel appeared in 1972, and he produced journalism, films, magazines, and novels until his death in August of 1988. He is considered one of the forebears of queer theory.

Max Fox is a writer and translator, an editor of the New Inquiry, and a founding editor of Pinko Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia.

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Co-sponsored by the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS)

From well-known intellectuals such as Frederick Douglass and Nella Larsen to often-obscured thinkers such as Amina Baraka and Bernardo Ruiz Suárez, black theorists across the globe have engaged in sustained efforts to create insurgent and resilient forms of thought. New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition is a collection of twelve essays that explores these and other theorists and their contributions to diverse strains of political, social, and cultural thought. 

The book examines four central themes within the black intellectual tradition: black internationalism, religion and spirituality, racial politics and struggles for social justice, and black radicalism. The essays identify the emergence of black thought within multiple communities internationally, analyze how black thinkers shaped and were shaped by the historical moment in which they lived, interrogate the ways in which activists and intellectuals connected their theoretical frameworks across time and space, and assess how these strains of thought bolstered black consciousness and resistance worldwide. 

Defying traditional temporal and geographical boundaries, New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition illuminates the origins of and conduits for black ideas, redefines the relationship between black thought and social action, and challenges long-held assumptions about black perspectives on religion, race, and radicalism. The intellectuals profiled in the volume reshape and redefine the contours and boundaries of black thought, further illuminating the depth and diversity of the black intellectual tradition.