Feb. 2017 Faculty Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Bloom

Hartwick’s Bloom to Present Next Faculty Lecture

February 14, 2017

Hartwick College Associate Professor of Education Dr. Elizabeth Bloom will present “Teaching in Detention: One Summer Spent in the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” the next installment of the 2016-17 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 15 at 12:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Bloom will read selections from “A Summer in Detention,” a blend of narrative storytelling and exposition, chronicling the six weeks she spent teaching summer school at the Youth Leadership Academy in South Kortright, NY in 2015. The academy is a residential detention facility for boys aged 13 – 18 years old, and overseen by the New York State Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth.

Although her experience at the academy was considered the dead center of the “school-to-prison” pipeline, Bloom does not valorize the young men or herself.

Throughout her book, she strives for unvarnished honesty about the youth, the system, and her own frequent failures. She went in with the idea that she could make a difference, and left with the understanding that she was the one who had been changed.

Bloom obtained her B.A. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Oneonta, and her M.A. in anthropology from SUNY-Albany. After completing a certification in secondary social science education at SUNY-Oneonta, she taught social studies locally for 10 years. She graduated with an Ed.D. in education theory from SUNY-Binghamton in 2003, and has taught in Hartwick College’s Education Program since. Bloom is an education activist who has presented widely and published articles, chapters, and blog posts, and has edited a collection on issues related to corporate education reform entitled “Resisting Reform: Reclaiming Public Education Through Grassroots Activism.”

During the Faculty Lecture Series, Hartwick professors discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology, and more. The presentations take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the academic year. Upcoming faculty lecture dates, presenters, and titles (subject to change) include:

  • Thursday, March 16, 2017: Professor of Economics Dr. Laurence Malone, “Is Student Learning in an Online Introductory Course Comparable to a Traditional Classroom Setting?”
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2017: TBA
  • Thursday, May 3, 2017: TBA

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Cooper, faculty development committee chair, at 607-431-4254 or coopere@hartwick.edu.