Illinois State University Speaker Series: Robin Whitburn and Abdul Mohamud
Pugilists, Diggers and Choreographers: Activism and Educational Change in Urban Schools
4 p.m., April 9
Prairie Room, Bone Student Center
Abdul Mohamud is a senior teaching fellow at University College London – Institute of Education, tutoring trainee history teachers. He is a member of the UK Historical Association’s Secondary Committee, and has spoken at conferences in Washington, D.C.; Charleston, South Carolina; Murcia, Spain; Augsburg, Germany; and across England. Abdul has 11 years’ experience of working with young people in urban schools and currently leads history curriculum development in an East London school.
Robin Whitburn is a lecturer in history education at the University College London – Institute of Education. He is a Quality Mark Assessor for the UK Historical Association, and has spoken at educational conferences in Beijing; Vancouver; Chicago; Durban, South Africa; and across England. Robin has 30 years’ experience in urban high schools. His doctoral thesis focused on the achievement of African-Caribbean males in high school.
Abdul and Robin founded Justice to History as an organization to help teachers and students explore relevant, and often neglected, diverse histories. They published, Doing Justice to History: Transforming Black History in Secondary Schools. They have been involved in developing and promoting school curricula on relevant themes for urban schools, particularly focused on stories of migration, empire, and identity.
The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.