Strategies for Building Classroom Community

A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation with
Pulitzer Prize-Winner Marcia Chatelain

Dr. Chatelain presents key ideas in the first 33 minutes followed by a Q&A with both pre-submitted and live questions facilitated by Syracuse University Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professors of Teaching Excellence Elisa Macedo Dekaney and Julie M. Hasenwinkel.

Recorded February 9, 2024 via Zoom

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Dr. Marcia Chatelain is currently the Penn Presidential Compact Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was a Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a Reach for Excellence Assistant Professor of Honors and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. She is a proud native of Chicago, Illinois, and an even prouder graduate of the following schools: St. Ignatius College Prep, the University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A. Journalism/Religious Studies), and Brown University (A.M. and Ph.D., American Civilization). She is a scholar of African-American life and culture, and her first book South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015) reimagined the mass exodus of black Southerners to the urban North from the perspective of girls and teenage women. Her latest book, the Pulitzer Prize winning Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America examines the intersection of the post-1968 civil rights struggle and the rise of fast food industry. The book appeared in early 2020 from Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton and Company.

She has been named a Harry S. Truman Scholar (2000), Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life Amethyst Award recipient (2009), German Marshall Fund of the U.S. American Fellow (2011), Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow (2012), French American Foundation Young Leader (2015), and National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellow (2017-2018). Her teaching has been recognized with Georgetown University’s Dorothy M. Brown Teaching Award (2014), the Edward Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty Excellence (2015), and the College Academic Council’s Faculty Award (2016). In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education named her a Top Influencer in Higher Education in recognition of her curation of #FergusonSyllabus, a response to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. She is a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.