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Presse & Kommunikation

Digital Lecture Series: "The Role of Critical Media Literacy in Preventing Educational Displacement and Building Moral Resilience to Hate"

A digital lecture by Prof. Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess (Teachers College, Columbia University).

This lecture offers insights into a critical role of media literacy in preventing educational displacement and building moral resilience to hate, othering, intolerance, and extremism. Immigrant communities and racial, religious, and ethnic minorities are often subjected to a multigenerational displacement from the educational systems that structurally transpose their lived experiences and representations from the mainstream curriculum in schools. Educational displacement is not always physical, but translates into being invisible and unacknowledged in the classroom and curriculum, which can engender a feeling of a lesser contribution, meaning, and value to society relative to the holders of the privileged identities. These acts of displacement in schools and classrooms reverberate through the ecosystem of the marginalized communities and can trigger a lack of belonging, recognition, and eventually lead to radicalization. This lecture exemplifies how we can address educational displacement by strengthening empathy, inclusion, connectedness, and moral resilience in classrooms. Professor Sabic-El-Rayess discusses how she has used critical media literacy and storytelling effectively and cross-nationally by incorporating elements from her award winning projects: (1) The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival (Bloomsbury, 2020) and (2) VOICES (Venture to Overcome Intolerance and Counter Extremism).

The online-event is part of the joint interdisciplinary initiative by the Heidelberg School of Education and Teachers College (Columbia University). The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 19th at 6 p.m. The lecture will be held in English and via Zoom; no prior registration required.

You can find more information at www.hse-heidelberg.de/cmllectures-sabic.

About Heidelberg School of Education
The HSE was founded in 2015 as a joint cross-university institution of Heidelberg University and Heidelberg University of Education. It represents the institutional, strategic and ideational center of cooperative teacher education at the Heidelberg site. Their development and sustainable establishment are being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the Quality Initiative for Teacher Education until December 31, 2018, and in a modified form until the end of 2023.

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