The 2nd Annual Cultural Rhetoric Speaker Series Presents Dr. April Baker-Bell

2nd Annual Cultural Rhetoric Speaker Series

Presents Dr. April Baker-Bell

Wednesday, April 19th, 7:00-8:15 p.m.

St. Augustine Hall Room 404 or via WebEx

Co-sponsored by ACEI, The the LGBTQ+ Center, St. John’s College, and SJC’s English Department

Dr. April Baker-Bell is an award-winning transdisciplinary teacher-researcher-activist, Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education, and the English Education Program Coordinator in the Department of English at Michigan State University (MSU). She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at MSU’s Center for Bioethics and Social Justice in the College of Human Medicine. Dr. Baker-Bell is an international leader in conversations on Black Language education, and her research interrogates the intersections of Black Language and literacies, anti-Black racism, and antiracist pedagogies. 

Her award-winning book, Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, brings together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism (a term Baker-Bell coined) and white linguistic supremacy. Dr. Baker-Bell’s latest research project involves collaborating with healthcare scholars and researchers to develop, implement and study antiracist medical curriculum interventions that support healthcare professionals with developing an antiracist praxis for confronting and reducing racial bias and anti-Black racism in medical and healthcare institutions. Dr. Baker-Bell is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the 2021 Coalition for Community Writing Outstanding Book Award, the 2021 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship, the 2021 Michigan State University’s Community Engagement Scholarship Award and the 2021 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activity, the 2020 NCTE George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language, the 2020 Theory Into Practice Article of the Year Award, the 2019 Michigan State University Alumni Award for Innovation & Leadership in Teaching and Learning, and the 2018 AERA Language and Social Processes Early Career Scholar Award.

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