Campbell Lecture 2023

Original Sins: The [Mis]Education of Black and Native Youth and the Construction of American Racism

1-2 p.m. Friday, October 27

Bray Conference Room, HFC 115

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Eve L. Ewing, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Race, Diaspora, and Indigeneity
University Of Chicago

Eve L. Ewing, a lifelong Chicagoan, is a writer and scholar who uses multi-genre storytelling, tools of sociological inquiry, archives, and community-grounded epistemologies to interrogate racialized histories and imagine emancipatory possibilities.

A former public school teacher, she is particularly interested in the role of schools as social institutions and in the ways that schools can construct, normalize, and reinforce forms of social inequality. Furthermore, Eve is interested in the ways that educational inequities reflect social cruelties beyond the walls of the school building, as well as, conversely, the still-lingering possibility that educational spaces can be sites of joy and liberation.

Prof. Ewing is the author of multiple books: "The Poetry Collections", "Electric Arches", and "1919", the nonfiction work "Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side", and a novel for young readers, "Maya and the Robot". She is the co-author (with Nate Marshall) of the play "No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks" and she has written several projects for Marvel Comics, most notably "the Ironheart" series.

Currently she is working on her next book, "Original Sins: The (Mis)education of Black and Native Children and the Construction of American Racism", which will be published by One World.

Prof. Ewing currently serves as the Director for Undergraduate Studies. She loves teaching, baking, videogames, and her family.

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The Cynthia and Duncan Campbell Lecture on Childhood Relationships, Risk and Resilience is presented annually and made possible by Cindy and Duncan Campbell.