No Study Without Stuggle: Book talk with Leigh Patel

NOV 02, 2021 | 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM



November 02, 2021: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM




PhD Program in Urban Education


Join Leigh Patel to discuss her new book No Study Without Struggle Confronting Settler Colonialism in Higher Education. Using campus social justice movements as an entry point, Leigh Patel shows how the struggles in higher education often directly challenged the tension between narratives of education as a pathway to improvement and the structural reality of settler colonialism that creates and protects wealth for a select few. Through original research and interviews with activists and organizers from Black Lives Matter, The Black Panther party, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Combahee River Collective, and the Young Lords, Patel argues that the struggle on campuses reflect a starting point for higher education to confront settler strategies. She reveals how blurring the histories of slavery and Indigenous removal only traps us in history and perpetuates race, class, and gender inequalities. By acknowledging and challenging settler colonialism, Patel outlines the importance of understanding the relationship between the struggle and study and how this understanding is vital for societal improvement.

Leigh Patel, PhD has been named the inaugural Associate Dean of Equity and Justice in University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Patel is an interdisciplinary researcher, educator, and writer. With a background in sociology, she researches and teaches about education as a site of social reproduction and as a potential site for transformation.

Co-sponsors: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Critical Social/Personality and Environmental Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Political Science, Public Science Project, Social Welfare, Sociology

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