Living our Mission in These Tumultuous Times: Responding to Anti-Truth Campaigns

Council on Anthropology & Education (CAE) Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, November 18, from 8:15 to 10:30 pm Eastern Time

Over the course of the past year, we have witnessed growing attacks on truth. In more than 27 states, legislators have passed bills banning the teaching of “divisive concepts,” such as race/racism, sex/sexism, or oppression. Using inflammatory rhetoric and unsubstantiated claims about Critical Race Theory, political pundits have introduced punitive measures to restrict equity-based and diversity-oriented teaching. This is an important moment for our professional community whose mission is to “advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems.” How do we live out our mission in these tumultuous times?

The Mission Committee invites CAE community members to join us for a conversation about how we can respond to the mounting attacks on anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just education. This conversation will take place during our virtual town hall on Thursday, November 18th from 8:15 to 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Please, join us with accounts of what is happening in your context, stories of resistance that you are engaged in, or with questions for how to mobilize a response to this anti-truth movement. During our time together, we will take stock of the events unfolding around us, discuss strategies for responding, share resources for organizing a response, and plan future actions.

We invite our members to learn more about attacks on truth through background reports issued by the National Education Policy Center “Understanding the Attacks on Critical Race Theory”  and “Understanding the Attacks on Teaching: A Background Brief for Educators and Leaders” by Kevin Kumashiro.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Mission Committee Co-chair Elena Aydarova or Chair Sarah Newcomer.