Education seminar on Popular Culture brings alumni 'home'
Every year, McGill’s Annual Homecoming brings thousands upon thousands of alumni back to campus to visit their alma mater. Over Homecoming weekend this past October, the Faculty of Education hosted a wine and cheese reception at Thomson House, with multi-media presentations given by three pre-eminent scholars:
Claudia Mitchell discussed her experiences in South Africa under the title of “My Video, My Photo, My Story: Visual Methodologies for Social Change.”
Michael Hoeschsmann described his innovative research on Multicultural Literacy in Canada.
Bronwen Low gave an evocative talk about youth and rap music entitled: “Slam! Black Popular Culture in Schools and the Challenge of Interpretation.”
Dr. Claudia Mitchell is a James McGill professor whose research interests include gender, youth and HIV/AIDS, visual methodologies, teacher identity and youth culture. She is the author or co-editor of 7 books including Seven Going on Seventeen: Tween Studies in the Culture of Girlhood, Just Who Do We Think We Are? Methodologies for Autobiography and Self-Study in Teaching, Researching Children’s Popular Culture and Not Just Any Dress: Narratives of Memory Body and Identity.
Dr. Bronwen Low’s Research explores the implications and challenges of popular youth culture for curriculum theory, pedagogy, and literacy studies. Most recently this has meant examining spoken word culture for insight into the evolution of youth language and literacy practices as well as identities. She has published on such topics as the value of cultural studies for the new literacy studies, slam poetry, rap music and contemporary communication, youth media production and the politics of the Jamaican language debates.
Dr. Michael Hoechsmann teaches in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education. For four years, he was the Director of Education of Young People’s Press, a non-profit news service for youth aged 14-24, www.ypp.net. His current research interests are in the area of youth, media and multi-literacies, and explore what Canadian teens know about the intellectual and cultural contributions of Canada’s racialized minorities, and from where they acquired this knowledge.