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Book Talk: Youth Held at the Border, with Leigh Patel

Come join Leigh Patel, author of Youth Held at the Border: Immigration, Education, and the Politics of Inclusion (Teachers College Press, 2012) on Monday, March 4th for a spirited discussion of her work and engage with the TC community on issues of education, immigration, and social exclusion.

Critics praise Patel's book:

"Over coffee, tears, and laughter, I spent a delightful morning stunned at the beauty of Leigh Patel's writing and swept up in the pages of Youth Held at the Border, a piercing analysis of how laws move under the skin and penetrate the soul and a tragicomedic musical of young people improvising lives at the dangerous intersection of U.S. immigration, criminalization, education, and welfare policies."
--From the Foreword by Michelle Fine, Graduate Center, CUNY

"Poignant and insightful....After reading this book it will no longer be possible to use code words like 'undocumented' and 'illegal' to keep these young people silenced and confined to the shadowy world of fugitives."
--Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development,Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University

"Lisa Patel is both ethnographer and poet in telling stories of anguish and desperation, but in the end, stories of hope and survival. All teachers, and anyone who cares about the future of our nation, must read this book."
--Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, School of Education, University of Massachusetts

"Patel brings into compelling focus and with love young people who are all around us yet not wholly seen. This is an essential read for all educators and for youth,many who will recognize themselves and their peers in her narrative."
--Susan E. Wilcox, SEW Consulting, community and university educator, writer

Lisa (Leigh) Patel is Associate Professor of Education at Boston College. She has been a journalist, a teacher, and a state-level policymaker. She is co-author of Critical Literacy: Context, Research, and Praxis in the K-12 Classroom (Sage) and co-editor of ReConsructing the Adolescent: Sign, Symbol and Body (Peter Lang Publishers). She has authored dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters and has been a consistent voice in educational policymaking and policy analysis over a number of years. She is also a national board member of Education for Liberation, a long-standing organization dedicated to transformative education for marginalized populations. Dr. Patel holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

This book talk/signing is sponsored by Teachers College Press and Gottesman Libraries. Introducing Leigh Patel is Dr. Monisha Bajaj, Associate Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, who teaches in the Programs in International and Comparative Education and advises students in the concentrations of peace education, international humanitarian issues in education, and policy and planning.

Persons may rsvp by Friday, March 1st.

Where: 305 Russell

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