Mariame Kaba: Educator, Organizer, Scholar

On March 14 from 11-1 pm, Mariame Kaba will visit U-M. If you don’t know who she is, you should. Mariame Kaba is devoted to ending violence and mass incarceration, especially against youth. Her activism tackles issues of injustice through co-founding organizations and projects, teaching, writing, organizing, mentoring, and being an all around badass.

This week our PS RIW held a reading group to talk about Mariame Kaba’s writing, many of which you can find on her website. We, as public scholars at varying stages in our careers, contemplated several questions, such as:

  • Should one keep their scholarly writing and activist writing separate? Or are there points of convergence?
  • How can the two inform each other?
  • How can we encourage scholar-activist writing in classrooms (in our teaching and mentoring)?

If these kinds of questions whet your scholar-activist appetite, we hope you will join us. You can follow us through our website blog, or email us at with questions or to join our listserv.

And definitely be sure to come and listen to Mariame Kaba on March 14. You’ll need to register here. The description of the event follows below.

Working for Social Change: A Conversation and Workshop on Activism with Mariame Kaba

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 11:00am to 1:00pm

Common Room, Lower Level, Rackham Building


The election of Donald Trump has catalyzed historic levels of activism around the country. The Women’s March on the day after the inauguration in 2017 is considered to be the largest single day demonstration ever. However, students have been organizing in large numbers, notably after the killing of Trayvon Martin, which catalyzed the Black Lives Matter movement. In this workshop, educator and organizer Mariame Kaba will illuminate the long history of activism for change, especially that with youth at the center. She will draw from recent examples of students engaging and creating social change, as well as her own history of organizing, to illuminate the pitfalls and promises of this current moment.

This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

Pre-registration is required. Click here.

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