2018 Indaba (videos and program pdf here)

Thanks for your interest in this event.  Please help yourself to a pdf file of the program and everything also you find here on this site.

INDABA is a Zulu word for a gathering that deliberates. The topic is Conquering Ending Racism. This is on us, in a school and profession that is upwards of 85% white, in a country experiencing an upsurge in racial and ethnic violence. We seek solutions. Successful alumni of color were front and center this weekend, in dialogue with faculty, staff, and students.

At the start we had a short discussion about fixing the name of the event, because the word conquering conjures up a lot of cruelty and abuse. Thus the change to Ending Racism. It was especially important to get it right on our campus, which took way too long to retire a “native” mascot which was introduced during a peak of Klan activity and which (with the rest of the country) operates on land stolen from first nations, from where people were forcibly removed.

See the schedule below and thanks to all those who registered. (It was free and open to all interested parties.)  Online participants watched and commented via a zoom teleconference that was linked from this site.

As we said then and henceforth: If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed please email the contact person. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Friday, April 27

Ending Racism:
A Conversation with Jessie Carney Smith

Room 126

5:30 pm – Dinner

6-7:30 pm
Welcome by Kate Williams, Associate Professor
Dean’s Welcome by Allen Renear, Dean and Professor
Conversation with Jessie Carney Smith, Fisk University Dean of the Library
Conversants: Nicole A. Cooke, Assistant Professor and MSLIS Program Director, and Abdul Alkalimat, Professor Emeritus, iSchool and Department of African American Studies
Watch the recording of this session; read the opening remarks

Questions for Saturday:
1. How did you experience and overcome racism – how did you find your particular way – in school, in getting a job, in your profession?
2. How can our school and our professions do better?

Saturday, April 28

Ending Racism
Room 126

8:30 am – Continental Breakfast

9-10:20 am
Session 1: From School to Public Library
Héctor Hernández, Branch Manager, Chicago Public Library
Miguel Ruíz, Community Engagement Librarian, Evanston Public Library
Respondents: Terry Weech, Associate Professor and TBD, Student
Chair: Kate Williams, Associate Professor
Watch the recording of this session


10:40 am-Noon
Session 2: From School to Academic Library
Robert Wedgeworth, Emeritus Dean of the School of Library Service, Columbia University and Emeritus University Librarian and Professor of Library Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Nicole A.Cooke, Professor, UIUC iSchool and previously instruction librarian and tenured assistant professor at Montclair State University’s (NJ) Sprague Library
Respondents: Linda Smith, Executive Associate Dean and Professor and Sharon Han, master’s student
Chair: Moises Orozco Villicaña, Director of Enrollment Management
Watch the recording of this session

Noon-1 pm – Lunch

1-2:20 pm
Session 3: From School to Other Libraries
Kathryn Harris, Librarian, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
Jerry Lewis, Acquisitions/Systems Librarian with the US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Chicago
Respondents: Matt Turk, Assistant Professor and Heidi Charles, Master’s Student
Chair: Diana Stroud, Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations (retired)
Watch the recording of this session


2:40-4 pm
Session 4: From School into Other Professions
Saundra Murray Nettles, Professor, UIUC College of Education
Chris Hamb, owner, Chrisp Media, Champaign, and previously librarian, UIUC Grainger
Respondents: Peter Darch, Assistant Professor and Jennie Durán, Master’s Student
Chair: Kate Willliams, Associate Professor
Watch the recording of this session

Questions and themes for Sunday
1. How did you experience and overcome racism – how did you find your particular way – in school, in getting a job, in your profession?
2. How can our school and our professions do better?
3. How can the iSchool benefit from an understanding and application of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?
4. How can we use this knowledge to transform our courses to end racism and bigotry?

Sunday, April 29

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Sunday Sessions sponsored by a 2017-2018 University of Illinois PITA Grant
Room 126

8:30 am – Continental Breakfast

9-10:00 am
Session 1: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: What it is and why it matters
Dr. Sandra L. Osorio, Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Education at Illinois State University
Watch the recording of this session


10:15-11:30 am
Session 2: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in Action – A Panel Discussion
Dr. Tonia Sutherland, Assistant Professor, College of Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama
Dr. Malaika McKee-Culpepper, Visiting Assistant Professor, African-American Studies at the University of Illinois
Kellee E. Warren, Instructor & Special Collections Librarian, Daley Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
Moderator: Nicole A. Cooke, iSchool
Watch the recording of this session

11:30 am-12:30 pm – Lunch

12:30-2 pm
Session 3: Workshop – Working session with syllabi and brainstorming applications of culturally responsive pedagogy in our classrooms
Facilitated by Sandra L. Osorio and Nicole A. Cooke
(This session was not recorded)

** If you currently have teaching responsibilities, please bring your syllabi. This will be a hands-on session designed to help you incorporate what you have learned directly into your syllabi.**

Sessions were free and open to all interested parties. Meals were provided. Registration was appreciated. Thanks to all who joined and to those who watch the session recordings.  Let us hear from you!