The IRDL Scholars Speaker Series is designed to shine a spotlight on voices and ideas that challenge traditional ways of conducting research. It surveys various topics, including specific research methods and critiques of processes associated with western social science approaches, with the intention of inspiring research explicitly rooted in social justice. As librarians, educators, and researchers, we welcome this opportunity to reflect and incorporate what we learn from these speakers into our own research efforts, so that our methodologies integrate anti-racist and anti-colonial practices.
The series is coordinated by a working group of IRDL Scholars. Each speaker session is free to attend via Zoom; anyone interested is welcome. Please see below for the speakers and the dates of their presentations, to register. The hashtag for the events will be #IRDLSpeakers.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services RE-250170-OLS-21.
An Identity Crisis? Assessing Queer Categories and Changing Populations
January 20, 2023 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST
This session is moderated by Shanti Freundlich and Catherine Meals.
D'Lane ComptonProfessor of Sociology, University of New Orleans
Black Storytelling from Margin to Center: Dreaming Through Endarkened Storywork
February 2, 2023 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST
This session is moderated by Michael Flierl and Mollie Peuler.
S. R. ToliverAssistant Professor of Literacy and Secondary Humanities, University of Colorado, Boulder
The Power of Public Scholarship: Using Social Media to Educate and Advocate for Social Justice
February 16, 2023 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PST
This session is moderated by Denice Lewis and Heather VanDyne.
Angel JonesVisiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Weaving as Research: Indigenous Qualitative Methodologies
February 24, 2023 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST
This session is moderated by Catherine Baird and Mollie Peuler.