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Creating Just Futures: Education, Arts and Activism

Time: 9 a.m. March 9 - 4 p.m. March 13

Location: Times and locations listed on individual event pages

The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities

Maisha T. Winn (UC Davis)

UPDATE: The bulk of Winn's Spring '20 residency was canceled due to COVID closures. This rescheduled slate of virtual activities takes place in September 2020:

September 10, 11, 14Restorative Justice Community Circles

  • Thursday, Sept. 10, 12:30-2:00 p.m. (for staff)
  • Friday, Sept. 11, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (for faculty)
  • Monday, Sept. 14, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (for students)

Tuesday, September 15 - Justice on Both Sides Book Circle

Friday, September 18 - Decolonizing Research, Humanizing Methods

Though open to all, session capacities will be limited. Please RSVP by Sept. 3 to Linda Taylor.

View or download the complete schedule of Maisha Winn's virtual activities.


"Week 1" [March 9-13] originally scheduled:

Monday, March 9 - Welcome Reception for Professor Winn

Tuesday, March 10 - Agitating, Educating, Organizing: Historicizing Transformative Justice in Education (public talk) (CANCELED; we are looking into the possibility of posting a captioned video at a future date)

Wednesday, March 11 - Decolonizing Research, Humanizing Methods (CANCELED)

Thursday, March 12 - Justice on Both Sides Book Circle (CANCELED)

Friday, March 13 - Building Connections: Grad Student Talkback (CANCELED)


"Week 2" [April 6-10] tentative schedule:

Monday, April 6 - Teaching and Learning in an Age of Mass Incarceration (interdisciplinary panel featuring Cati de los Ríos, UC Davis; Erika Bullock, UW Madison; Rita Kohli, UC Riverside)

Tuesday, Wednesday 7- Restorative Justice Community Circles (break-out sessions with Lawrence "Torry" Winn, Vanessa Segundo and Adam Musser, Winn's team members from the Transformative Justice Center)

Wednesday, April 8 - Research Roundtables: How Can a Transformative Justice Impulse Inform Our Research? (discussions led by Winn and TJE colleagues)

Thursday, April 9 - Restorative Justice Pedagogies Book Circle (dialogue about how restorative justice can inform course design and classroom practices)

Biography: Maisha T. Winn is Professor, Chancellor's Leadership Professor, and Co-Director of the Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE) at UC Davis. Winn’s research examines the intersectionality of language, literacy, and justice with attention to how to prepare teachers to “teach freedom” in both spaces of confinement and across the humanities. She considers the ways in which restorative justice practices have the potential to change languages, literacies, and social relations across our schools, institutions, and communities. Winn will draw from two of her books—Justice on Both sides: Transforming Education Through Restorative Justice and Restorative Justice in the English Language Arts Classroom—as bases for discussion with TJE Center collaborators and other panelists during her residency.

Additional supporters:

  • Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
  • Community Folk Art Center
  • David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
  • Department of African American Studies
  • Department of English
  • Department of Religion
  • Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • Hendricks Chapel
  • Incarceration and Decarceration/Revival Cultures Working Group of the CNY Humanities Corridor
  • Office of Community Engagement
  • PARCC (Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration)
  • Reading and Language Arts
  • School of Education
  • Syracuse University Libraries
  • The Center for Faculty Leadership and Professional Development
  • The Lender Center for Social Justice
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • The Renée Crown University Honors Program
  • VPA, Office of the Dean, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This event is part of the 2020 Watson Professor residency hosted by Patrick W. Berry, Associate Professor and Chair – Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition; Brice Nordquist, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies – Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition; and Marcelle Haddix, Dean’s Professor and Chair - Reading and Language Arts.

The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities is a preeminent lectureship originally established by the Watson family to support on-campus residencies of prominent humanities scholars, writers, and artists.

Brice Nordquist, Patrick Berry, Marcelle Haddix,