January 8, 2013
Westerville, OH— Otterbein University will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Denise Taliaferro Baszile at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (614) 823-1250.
Baszile is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University of Ohio, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in curriculum theory, critical race theory, critical media literacy, youth culture and African American education. Baszile has published several articles and chapters on the pedagogical challenges of teaching race in predominately white universities; the challenges of black students and faculty on predominately white campuses; the importance of considering radical leadership for educational change; the significance of the black autobiographical voice in curriculum studies and critical race testimony; and the curriculum of hip hop culture. Her other research interests include the historical, political and philosophical foundations of race and its representation in formal and informal curriculums.
Baszile has also written, produced and acted in three critical race performances, including The Riot In My Soul Part 1: Race, Rage and Redemption for Social Justice Workers; The State of Black Rage v. The State of White Ignorance; and Peppered Grits: Black Students Negotiating Race, Place and Personhood on a Predominately White Campus. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of California – Los Angeles and her master’s degree in secondary English education and doctorate degree in curriculum theory from Louisiana State Univeristy.
Otterbein students will also participate in the Westerville community’s MLK Day of Service at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. The event features intergenerational activities, including stop-and-serve projects and international food tastings.