2021 California Science Education Conference

Closing Keynote: Christopher Emdin, PhD

Sunday, November 10, 2024

STEM STEAM Make Dream : Reimagining the Culture of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
In a talk that both challenges and inspires, Professor Emdin describes the current attitudes, work, and misconceptions in STEM and STEAM. The talk broadens conversations about STEM disciplines and the ways that we situate the A in STEAM while anchoring the need for equity and social justice in the movement to have a more inclusive and equitable society. Through personal narrative, historical exploration and an eye towards the future, audience members will move towards a “dream culture” in STEM that transforms our practice as educators, parents and community members.

About Christopher Emdin, PhD
Dr. Christopher Emdin is the Maxine Greene Chair for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Professor of Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also the Director of Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship At the STEAM DREAM and Ideal Lab. He previously served as Robert Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory at the University of Southern California, where he was Director of Youth and Community Partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center. Dr. Emdin is an alumni fellow at the Hip-hop Archive and Hutchins Center at Harvard University, Scholar in Residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and was STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry. He is the creator of the HipHopEd social media movement, Science Genius BATTLES and the CREATE Accelerator – an initiative that funds non-profits focused on culture and education. He has been named one of the 27 people bridging divides in the United States by Time magazine and the Root 100 lis of most influential African Americans. He is the author of numerous award winning works; including the Strage Prize awardee, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and the New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too. His latest books are STEM STEAM Make Dream and Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Success.

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