The Ties that Divide Us, supported by the …..Magic Fund, was conceived of as a day to bring together thinkers, artists, activists, scholars, and educators across disciplinary and vocational divides to re-imagine the boundaries and definitions of education, social justice, community, and university. Organized by four members of a Buffalo-Princeton collective called Third Space, The Ties that Divide Us is the first of two planned conferences, the second to be held in Buffalo, NY. Third Space is made up of scholars, educators, and activists who are committed to bridging gaps and creating spaces of safe and productive tension in the realms of education and social justice.
The Ties that Divide Us focuses on re-thinking the space of the classroom. For this event, we have brought together educators, activists, artists, and community organizers to think through a number of conceptual “classrooms.” These include: the colonized/decolonized classroom; the undocumented classroom; the activist classroom; the embodied classroom; and the unrecognized classroom. Rather than tradition presentations, or even traditional roundtables, our panels will be informal and focused on discussion with those in attendance. Our invited panelists will share thoughts that come from their diverse perspectives and areas of expertise, and the audience will be full of people we have also invited to act as full participants in discussion.
The conference is open to the entire university community and the public.
David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project