2020 NASPA Annual Conference

In the Upside Down: Engaging in Social Justice Education through Popular Culture (ID 25)

In this era when even our favorite pop culture icons are points of contention, how do we as student affairs practitioners and scholars connect across the chasm of socio-political ideologies? Pop culture allows us to tackle conversations about social justice and build bridges using fictional narratives because pop culture simultaneously creates familiarity and intellectual distance. The presenters will discuss methods for crafting programs that are holistic, create empathy, and center marginalized voices by employing three theoretical approaches: arts-based research, Bakhtinian dialogics, and public pedagogy.


Tuesday, March 31
8:00 am to 8:50 am


LA Convention Center

Presented by

Amanda Hobson, Assistant Dean of Students, Indiana State University
Bretagne Ballard, Complex Manager, University of Pennsylvania