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When Community Partnerships Become Transnational: Building Collaborative Understandings of Justice During a Revolution POSTPONED
Friday, June 04, 2021, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CDT
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When Community Partnerships Become Transnational

Building Collaborative Understandings of Justice During a Revolution

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Service-Learning and Community-Partnership emerged within a context of increased calls for universities to provide a civic-education to their students during the 1980’s. “Civic” was typically understood as local, with partnerships occurring at public schools or literacy programs. Over the past decade, however, the space of “civic education” has expanded across local, state, and national boundaries. As a consequence, students are gaining an education in how such civic terms as democracy, justice, or equality, are enacted within different countries and parts of the world.

This webinar will explore one transnational community partnership which brought together students from Algeria and the United States to consider the meaning of democracy and civic-engagement. The course was structured around a series of on-line dialogues, intended to result in a print publication. The recent Algerian political rebellion, however, “blew up” these plans. As a result, the students not only gained a unique experience of what democracy and civic-engagement look like in practice, they gained a powerful sense of how such terms operate transnationally. 


Ahmed Abdelhakim Hachelaf is an Educationalist and NGO Specialist. He focuses on capacity building and education of youth who work to have a social impact. Currently, Hachelaf is an Assistant Professor at Higher Normal School at Laghouat- Algeria. He previously was Resident Research Fellow at the Moynihan Institute at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He also worked  as a project manager for several social enterprises and NGO initiatives nationally and transnationally.  The main objective of the the projects Ahmed led was widening access to technology and opportunities for youth and marginalized segments of society. Ahmed is also a frequent presenter on civic education and democratic schooling in the Middle East and North African region. In 2012, Ahmed was chosen as a Leaders for Democracy fellow and subsequently was chosen to be the delegate of Algeria in a UN event in New York and most recently as a Caux Scholar in Switzerland. His work has appeared in Revolution by Love, where he spoke to issues of social change through education. He is currently working on a single-author book, The Apprenticeship of Leadership in Arab Schools, where he discusses the role of distributed leadership in education.

Steve Parks is an Associate Professor in the Writing and Rhetoric Program, Department of English, University of Virginia. He is the current Editor of Studies in Writing and Rhetoric (swreditor.org) and one of the founders of Syrians for Truth and Justice (stj-sy.org) as well as Centre Vérité et Justice pour le Moyen-Orient. His early work focused on the Students’ Right to Their Own Language, with a particular emphasis on the need to embed the politics of such a resolution into progressive community partnerships and publications. This led to his creating New City Community Press (newcitycommunitypress.com) in Philadelphia which links university classrooms, local communities, and publishing technologies in support of efforts to expand human rights. Currently, he is working with Syrian activists to record the human rights abuses of the current regime, ISIS, and militia active in Syria. He is author of Class Politics: The Movement for a Students’ Right to Their Own Language; Gravyland: Writing Beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love; and co-editor of Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing. His most recent work is Writing Communities, a textbook designed to support writing classrooms becoming a site of community collaboration and publishing. In 2020, Parks was awarded the Conference on Community Writing Distinguished Engaged Scholar Award.

Lori Shorr is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Temple University. Shorr has twenty-years of experience at state and local level in providing executive level leadership on policy analysis, strategic guidance, community-partnerships, and budget development for both K-12 and higher education in Pennsylvania. Prior to this position, Shorr served as the Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia. She has also served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania, during which time she developed a state-wide dual enrollment program. While at Temple University, Shorr created the first university-wide service-learning/community-partnership initiative. She has published academic research in community-partnership practices as well as frequently interviewed and cited on issue of school reform, community partnership, and education policy in such forums as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Public School Notebook, WHYY, Education Week, and New York Times. Currently, she is Board Chair for Research for Action as well as Building 21. She is also on the board of Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric.



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