TESS Presents: Dr. Love

Dr. Bettina Love

We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom


November 16 | 4-5pm PST
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Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor in Education at the University of Georgia. As one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers, her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy.

In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). ATN’s mission is simple: develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities.

Dr. Love will discuss the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.

The SOGI UBC Transformative Education Speaker Series (TESS) brings together leading scholars and artists working at the nexus of anti-racism, Indigenous education, and SOGI education to consider the possibilities for the future of anti-oppressive teaching and learning in North America.