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Opportunities and Inequities: Education in a Pandemic

June 18, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

the Ethics of Now David Malone: all info below

The Ethics of Now with Adriane Lentz-Smith continues from home with a series of brief, thoughtful and timely conversations about the ethical dilemmas of this historic moment. This week, join Professor Lentz-Smith and Professor of the Practice of Education David Malone with Jordan High School teacher Brian McDonald and undergraduate B.N. Duke Scholar Bethlehem Ferede for the conversation, “Opportunities and Inequities: Education in a Pandemic.” After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.


Thursday, June 18, 2020, 7pm

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David Malone is Professor of the Practice of Education at Duke and teaches for Kenan’s What Now? Network. He teaches courses in educational psychology, literacy, and service-learning. Working closely with colleagues at Duke and in the Durham Public Schools, David helped develop a service-learning/tutoring program that matches about 300 Duke students each year with children who need assistance in reading, math, and academic learning strategies. He is interested in the psychology of holistic student development and creating just and ethical enabling conditions that will foster within K-16 educational settings the full development of human potential.


Brian McDonald is a Social Studies teacher at Jordan High School and Instructor of Education in Duke’s Program in Education. Along with teaching Advanced Placement Government and Politics, Multicultural Studies, and American History: Founding Principles, Civics & Economics, he also created and teaches an elective course for Durham Public Schools on Poverty in America. At Duke, he teaches Teaching High School and Secondary School Issues: Pedagogy, Content, and Methods and supervises and coordinates student teachers. He is the author of Not the End, But the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School, 1963-1988.


Bethlehem Ferede is a Duke undergraduate student and B.N. Duke Scholar. She is a Durham resident, and while a student at Jordan High School, she was a student activist and organized many student events that pushed the school to re-examine educational equity and ethical development. She currently works at a local non-profit, Made in Durham, as a Youth Organizing Coordinator, is on the board for the Reintegration Support Network and is involved in campus advocacy through groups such as Duke NAACP.


Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Duke University. Her interests lie in African American history, twentieth-century United States history, and the history of the U.S. and the world. Her 2009 book Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I looks at the black freedom struggle in the World War I years, with a particular focus on manhood, citizenship, and global encounters. More recently, she has been at work on a book tentatively entitled Afterlives: Sagon Penn, State Violence, and the Twilight of Civil Rights. The book looks at dramatic moments of violent encounters between African Americans and the police to explore the role of violence in sustaining and opposing white supremacy in the two decades following the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. She is also interested in how African Americans engaged the world in the age of Cold War civil rights, and how their participation in the project of U.S. state and empire set the horizons of their freedom struggles.

The Ethics of Now is a series of conversations between Duke historian Adriane Lentz Smith and a range of artists, advocates, and authors that explore the ethical challenges facing the Durham and Duke communities.”


June 18, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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