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International Demands for Educational Reparations: Memory Laws and Black Histories

Poughkeepsie Public Library

This lecture explores how elected officials have manipulated the Black Studies curriculum to suit their political agendas. It focuses on newly-enacted teaching regulations in Florida and France that mandate how to teach histories of slavery. With the resurgence of far-right parties across France and the U.S., educators often face hostility when it comes to discussing questions of race in public educational settings. Consequently, this lecture explores the question: In the struggle against erasures of Black history, how do we demand reparations in the educational setting? Michael Reyes Salas is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Vassar College. No registration required.

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