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Workshop: Beyond the Black & White Screen: Seeing/Reading Race in Social Media, Films, and Society

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Enroll in “Beyond the Black and White Screen: Seeing/Reading Race in Social Media, Films, and Society” to earn a digital badge and 25 professional development hours in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s new Professional Learning Series. Open to anyone, the series is designed to help you level up your skills in a selection of self-paced and live workshops—all online this summer.

Successfully complete a workshop and add a digital badge to your resume, email signature, or website. View more Professional Learning Series workshops and register now through Wednesday, June 10.

Workshop Description

Instructor: Dr. C. E. Matias

Workshop Type: Online, Self-paced with optional scheduled discussions

Price: $125

Dates: June 24 – July 22, 2020

Optional Zoom discussions: June 24, July 1, July 8, & July 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Total PD Hours: 25 hours

In this workshop, reading “texts” goes beyond the written word. In an ever increasingly digital world, texts also include film, media, music, even social media, viral videos, online articles, posts, tweets, and blogs/vlogs, to name a few. This fun, interactive workshop is designed to teach participants how to “read” race, racism, and whiteness in digital texts while also modeling online, interactive pedagogies to engage in antiracist teaching practices. Participants will be required to view various digital texts along with reading workshop readings on Critical Media Literacy, Critical Race Media Literacy, Critical Whiteness Studies, and other racial theories to best support racial literacy. In the end participants can choose to engage in a virtual project where they deconstruct a digital text on their own using the readings from the workshop. Completion of this workshop will result in a UK “Reading Race in Media” badge.

Instructor Bio

photo of MatiasDr. Cheryl E. Matias is the 2019-2020 Interdisciplinary Institute for the Study of (In)Equality Visiting Professor at University of Denver and was recently awarded the 2020 American Educational Research Association Mid-Career Award for her work on racial justice in teacher education. She is also an associate professor in the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focuses on race and ethnic studies in education with a theoretical focus on critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, critical pedagogy and feminism of color. Specifically, she uses a feminist of color approach to deconstruct the emotionality of whiteness in urban teacher education and how it impacts urban education. Her other research interest is on motherscholarship and supporting woman of color and motherscholars in the academy. A former K-12 teacher in both South Central, Los Angeles Unified School District and Bed-Stuyvesant, New York City Department of Education, she earned her bachelors in cultural communication from University of California San Diego, teaching credential at San Diego State University, and her master’s in Social and Multicultural Foundations at California State University, Long Beach. She earned her doctorate at UCLA with an emphasis in race and ethnic studies in education. She delivers national talks and workshops on whiteness, racial justice, and diversity. She was awarded the 2014 American Educational Research Association’s Division K (Teacher Education) Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education Award and the 2015 and 2017 Colorado Rosa Parks Diversity Award. In 2015, she was awarded Excellence in Research by the School of Education & Human Development at University of Colorado Denver. In 2016 she was awarded the university’s 2016 Graduate School’s Dean Mentoring Award. In 2018 she was ranked among the top 25 women in higher education making a difference in the journal, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Some of her publications can be found in Race, Ethnicity, and Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, Equity and Excellence, Journal of Teacher Education and Multicultural Perspectives. Her first solo-authored book entitled Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Education earned the 2017 Honorable Mention for the Society of Professors of Education. Her second book, Surviving Becky(s): Pedagogies for Deconstructing Whiteness and Gender, came out January 2020 and has already been nominated for the AESA book award. Her third book Critical Theoretical Research Methods in Education comes out late 2020. She is a motherscholar of three, including boy-girl twins, a runner, an avid Lakers fan, and Bachata ballroom dancer.