The 2023 Critical Pedagogy Symposium: A Focus on Critical Race Theory
With working Group Members: Symphony Bruce, Hebah Emara, and Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz
Critical Pedagogy Librarian at NYU Division of Libraries
Librarian for Open Innovation at the NYU Division of Libraries
Assistant Curator and Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Engagement at New York University Division of Libraries
Part 2 released 5/2/23
Symphony Bruce is the Critical Pedagogy Librarian at NYU Division of Libraries. Largely influenced by her time as a high school English teacher, Symphony believes deeply in the power of relationships and care in the ability to create powerful learning experiences for students and instructors alike. In the classroom, her favorite lessons include critical evaluations of authority and information ecosystems and is developing an interest in digital privacy and anti-surveillance. She earned her MLIS from the University of Missouri in 2017.
Image from: https://acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/acrl-member-of-the-week-symphony-bruce/ .
Hebah is the Librarian for Open Innovation at the NYU Division of Libraries. Within NYU, she works at the Bern Dibner Library serving the Tandon School of Engineering. Hebah’s approaches to librarianship are informed by her previous experience working at public libraries, her background in history and political science, her experiences as a queer person of color, and her desire to keep asking “why.” While new at her position at NYU, she hopes to explore ways to apply critical perspectives within her role as Librarian for Open Innovation.
Image from: https://libraryfreedom.org/team/hebah-emara/ .
Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Assistant Curator and Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Engagement at New York University Division of Libraries where she serves as the Faculty Diversity Search Liaison for the Division and works with her colleagues to support initiatives to increase diversity in the library faculty. Shawn is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Pratt School of information, teaching course 652: Reference & Instruction. Shawn is a co-coordinating volunteer archivist at the Lesbian Herstory Archives and through her work archiving Black lesbians is the recipient of the 2020 WGSS Award for Significant Achievement in Women’s & Gender Studies in Librarianship from ACRL. Shawn is a co-leader of the Reference & Instruction Special Interest Group at the Metropolitan Library Council where she co-curated the Critical Pedagogy Symposium and Case Studies in Critical Pedagogy series. Shawn has a BS in Queer Women’s Studies from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction, and an MLS with a focus on Archiving and Records Management from Queens College, CUNY.Link to photo: https://www.dropbox.com/s/psttyq5pxolmiqj/Smith-Cruz_Headshot_square.jpg?dl=0