The Prison Education Project at Washington University in St. Louis is excited to announce its inaugural Maggie Garb Lecture Series. This lecture series will feature dynamic scholars, practitioners, grassroots organizers, and impacted students from across the country who will speak on this year’s theme, “The Power of Higher Education in Prison.” Additionally, this series will feature an hour-long lecture from keynote speaker Syrita Steib, a system-impacted grassroots organizer. This virtual lecture series is made possible by the Maggie Garb Foundation.
Em Daniels is a master educator and leading expert on the impacts of trauma on adult learning. They are a skilled facilitator and speaker, with an extensive background in adult education that includes alternative high schools, prisons, free college campuses, private and non-profit organizations, government institutions, and community agencies. Their expertise focuses on countering the impacts of trauma on learning by expanding beyond a mental health approach and defining multiple points of entry to the work. Daniels emphasizes the necessity of addressing individual and systemic trauma as crucial to create and sustain a just and compassionate world.
Daniels holds a Master’s of Science in Teaching, General Arts and Letters (Portland State University), a B.A. in Communications (University of North Carolina – Charlotte), and is author of the forthcoming book “Building a Trauma-Responsive Educational Practice: Lessons from a Corrections Classroom.” Any person who provides direct service to others, especially those who may have extensive trauma histories, can benefit from Daniels’ discussion of praxis. Potential audiences include adult educators, managers, and administrators, direct service and front line staff, corrections and legal professionals, and peer mentors and leaders.
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