Understanding Critical Race Theory

What is Critical Race Theory Anyway, and Why are So Many People Suddenly Talking about It?

Needham Community Education, in collaboration with: the League of Women Voters of Needham and Needham Diversity Initiative, Needham Human Rights Commission, Equal Justice Needham, Needham Unite Against Racism Initiative is offering this four-part series.

Instructor: Joshua Frank

In this four-session course, we will explore the popular impact of the work of a few of the founding scholars of Critical Race Theory such as Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Gloria Ladson-Billings. We will engage in a case study of an earlier media controversy. Finally, we will examine the ongoing tension between the concepts of race consciousness and color blindness, and how these concepts illuminate or hinder the ongoing American dialogue about race. Limited to 50.

Dates: 4 Thursdays, October 13-November 3  (October 13, 20, 27 and November 3)                                                                     

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Location: Needham High School, Room 728                                                                             

Fee: $35*

*Scholarships are available for low-income Needham residents. If you qualify, please contact the NCE Program Director, Amy Goldman, for registration assistance: amy_goldman@needham.k12.ma.us or 781-455-0400 x11214.

Register online at NCE.REG.ELEYO.COM or by phone with NCE, 781-455-0400 x5.

Instructor Bio

Joshua Frank (he/him) worked for twenty-eight years in public schools. He has designed and taught adult education courses on race and equity in many settings. Josh completed his undergraduate education at UMass/Amherst, and received Master’s degrees from UMass/Boston and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Josh serves as our President of Equity Intersection (equityintersection.org).

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