Teaching + the Art of Social Engagement
10:30 am10:30

Teaching + the Art of Social Engagement

  • Coffman Memorial Union @University of Minnesota

End-of-Year-Colloquim: Teaching & the Art of Social Engagement
An Exhibition by MTI Fellows & Reading by Poet Patricia Smith & YA Novelist Rita Williams-Garcia

Join TTI for an art exhibit of dynamic visual and audio personal documentaries by TTI fellows who will tell the story of what it's like to try and build innovative, democratic learning environments within today's culture of high stakes testing and educational standardization. 

What Is the Price of the Ticket? Deconstructing Race + Opportunity
5:30 pm17:30

What Is the Price of the Ticket? Deconstructing Race + Opportunity

  • The Blake School

American Promise

A Film Screening + Conversation with Director, Michèle Stephenson

American Promise spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, NY, turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Manhattan's Dalton School, one of the most prestigious independent schools in the country. Chronicling the boys' divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, this documentary provides a rare look into the lives of two middle class black families as they navigate the ups and downs of parenting and educating their sons in a country still wrestling with notions of difference, race, class, and opportunity. American Promise is the winner of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival US Documentary Special Jury Award.

This screening is provided by the Ed Factory's Teacher's Institute @Minneapolis and sponsored by the Blake School, Minneapolis Public Schools, and Jack and Jill of America, City of Lakes chapter.

Pedagogies of Design
9:30 am09:30

Pedagogies of Design

  • University of Minnesota STSS Building, room 412
Sugar Mitra, Education Scientist

Sugar Mitra, Education Scientist

Sugata Mitra is the Teacher's Institute 2013-2014 featured Visiting Scholar. Mitra is a winner of the 2013 TED Prize. He is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University in England. His “Hole in the Wall” experiments were the basis for the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle, which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year. Mitra's international experiments have shown, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest. 

Peter Williams, Architect

Peter Williams, Architect

Peter Williams is the founder and executive director of an organization whose goal is to improve global health, using design to create healthier environments as preventative measures for tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria. Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE) has projects in countries all over the world, including Haiti, Cameroon, and Ethiopia. ARCHIVE identifies and addresses the causes of poor health in disadvantages communities and uses strategies related to housing design improvements to create environments that promote better health. 

9:30 am09:30

Is Racism the Neural Adversary of the Social Mind?

  • University of Minnesota, STSS Building
Ta-Nehisi Coates|TheEdFactory

Ta-Nehisi Coates

An Atlantic senior editor and writer, Coates has penned many influential articles including "Fear of a Black President," one of the most profound pieces written about the presidency of Barack Obama. Coates is a former writer for The Village Voice, and a contributor to TimeO, and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, a memoir of growing up in Baltimore during the age of crack. In 2012, Coates was awarded the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.



Matthew Lieberman

Matthew Lieberman is the author of Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect (Crown, 2013). Lieberman is a Professor of Psychology at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and a Director of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at UCLA. His research interests are social cognitive neuroscience, neural bases of automatic and controlled social cognition and affect, beural bases of personality, neural bases of social perception and self-schemas, common neural bases of social rejection an physical pain.