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Dr. Dache-Gerbino Lecture

African American Studies Gloria Harper Dickinson Lecture

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Dr. Amalia Dache-Gerbino joined TCNJ faculty and students to give a lecture titled, “Localizing the Struggle: Postcolonial Geographies of Black Resistance from Ferguson to Mizzou.” Dr. Dache-Gerbino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. Please see below for a full biography.

As provided by Dr. Dache-Gerbino, this lecture explored how community resistance in Ferguson, Missouri and the Concerned Student 1950 Uprising at the University of Missouri, are postcolonial geographies challenging symbolic and physical forms of state-sanctioned violence. Dr. Dache-Gerbino shared preliminarily findings from her collaborative ethnographic research study titled “Teaching from the Margins: Mapping Ferguson’s Community Cultural Wealth as Public Education,” a project that intersects critical geography and media discourse as public education to provide insight into community resistance after the killing of Michael Brown. Her research on postcolonial geography and urban communities provides context that helps to re-conceptualize the role of local higher education institutions in meeting the needs of local working-class Black residents and students.

The event was sponsored by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences – Department of African American Studies and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Below are photos from the event:

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Full biography:

Dr. Amalia Dache-Gerbino is an Afro-Cubana scholar who is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Department at The University of Missouri’s College of Education. Her experiences as a former Cuban refugee and student traversing U.S. educational systems, such as inner-city K-12 schools, community college, state college and a private research intensive university inform her professional experiences. She earned her Ph.D. from University of Rochester’s Margaret Warner School of Education. Her major research areas include the postcolonial geographic contexts of higher education, activism and education and college access discourses of low-income, Black and Latina/o students in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Dache-Gerbino was awarded the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s (ASHE) 2014 Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year. Her dissertation is titled, The Labyrinth in the Metropole: A Postcolonial Mixed-Method Study of College Access and Choice. Her most recent publication “College Desert and Oasis: A Critical Geographic Analysis of Local College Access” is published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education addresses how racialization and geography conflate in local and urban college access environments. With higher education scholars from across the country, Dr. Dache-Gerbino is also leading an edited book project entitled Rise Up! Activism as Education with Michigan University Press, illustrating how faculty, students and community members domestically and internationally are involved in resistance as pedagogy.