During the 2021 New Literacies Collaborative Fall Symposium, Bettina Love, award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia, will give the keynote speech. Dr. Love’s talk will discuss the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity and rebellious spirit, and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.
Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. Her writing, research, teaching and educational advocacy work meet at the intersection of education reform, anti-racism, carceral studies, abolition and Black joy. The aim of her
scholarship is twofold: firstly, to advance how the field of education understands and critiques the systemic and structural racism of public education within the U.S.; and secondly, to advocate for abolitionist approaches in the field of education that seek new possibilities for educational justice. In the pursuit of making her scholarship a reality, she works with activists, communities, youth, families and school districts to build communal, civically-engaged schools rooted in the aspirations of abolitionist strategies that love and affirm Black and Brown children. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). ATN’s mission is simple: develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. In 2020, Dr. Love was also named a member of the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force with the Atlanta City Council.The goal of the Task Force is to advance dialogue and form tangible solutions or guaranteed income. Read Dr. Love’s full bio here.