How might we use the lenses of our individual lived experiences, our capacity for empathy and our understanding of institutions and the arts to talk openly about race? In this five part series, educators from around the region join together to explore, reflect, and practice building spaces of racial justice and equity both in the classroom and community.

At this session, we will investigate the Politics of Erasure and interrogate our collective awareness of bias in curriculum through the artwork of Tavares Strachan.

Who is represented and centered in our history books? Who is not? Who should be remembered? Who should be forgotten? Who gets to decide?

This is the second session of the 2018-19 Empowered Educators series. Sessions continue on the first Thursday of every month through May 2019. Please watch for future registration pages!

The Empowered Educators Series provides a forum for teachers, educators, administrators, counselors and the like to think critically and openly discuss topics of race, equity, bias, and pedagogy. Empowered Educators Series promotes ongoing learning, partnerships with supporting organizations, and community-building among teachers.

The Carnegie Museum of Art, Center for Urban Education, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, The Learning Instigator and Remake Learning have joined together to support educators in their approaches and abilities to facilitate thoughtful discussions about race in the classroom.

We will start promptly at 5:05, please account for rush hour traffic in Oakland before you register.

This series is fully supported by The Grable Foundation and is free and open to the public, though registration is required. Dinner will be provided with a vegetarian option. Please help reduce food waste by letting us know if you need to cancel your registration.

Act 48 hours are available through the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Not quite sure what to expect? We’re here to help! Email Ani ( with any questions or concerns.

Image: Installation view. Tavares Strachan, The Encyclopedia of Invisibility, 2018, 57th Carnegie International. Photo: Bryan Conley.