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Four Voices, One Conversation: Scholar-Educators Dialoguing in Times of Crisis

  • 27 Mar 2024
  • 14:30 - 16:00 (CDT)
  • Zoom

RECE Global Conversations: An Online Discussion Series

Four voices, one conversation: Scholar-educators dialoguing in times of crisis

This is an online conversation among four scholar-educators during which each will share their insights about speaking with children, pre-service and early career teachers, and peers in a world gone awry. How can we provide safety, comfort and hope for those in our care when we ourselves are often at a loss for words and understanding? What are the best ways to manage the swirl of emotions – confusion, crisis, grief, and despair – that are common responses to global events now and in the future? The goal is to prompt reflective conversations as we respond inwardly and outwardly to a world in which safety and joy have been breached for so many.

Hosted on Zoom (link will be emailed upon event registration)
Wednesday, March 27 14:30 - 16:00 CDT (Chicago)
Wednesday, March 27 19:30 - 21:00 GMT (London)
Wednesday, March 27 21:30 - 23:00 SAST (Cape Town)
Thursday, March 28 04:30 - 06:00 JST (Tokyo)
Thursday, March 28 06:30 - 08:00 AEDT (Melbourne)


Kim Kinnear’s academic work intersects across wide, but interconnective spaces. Kim is an Indigenous Knowledges lecturer at the NIKERI Institute at Deakin University on Wadawurrung Country in Australia. She is a descendant of the Adnyamathanha and Nukunu Communities in South Australia who proudly speaks to past and current colonizing harms experienced by First Nations Communities in Australia. Kim is also an early childhood teacher with experience in a range of services, bringing Indigenous knowledges to the foreground alongside children, families and colleagues as part of challenging, reflective and socially just pedagogical practices. Kim experiences legal blindness and alongside her assistance dog Raya, has worked as an early childhood teacher writing about her lived experiences of how it is to live with dis/ability and teach on Country as part of her current PhD studies.

Dr. Angela Molloy Murphy is an early childhood lecturer and post-qualitative researcher at the University of Melbourne. Her research activates critical posthumanism and experimental arts practices to explore children’s multimodal storying with place and the more-than-human. She argues that we are in need of stories that acknowledge the complex, more-than-human nature of justice and imagine creative possibilities for thinking and relating “otherwise." Angela currently acts as a scholar-in-residence at Kathryn Coleman and Sarah Healy’s SWISP lab, (Speculative Wanderings with Space and Place) at the University of Melbourne. 

Dr. Nidhi Menon is scholar of Social Justice Education, and a recent graduate from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her research interests center equity, diversity, and inclusion through her work with newcomer families and young children using culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy. Her research interests include disrupting colonial ways of being and doing and troubling deficit frames rooted in neoliberal and Euro-western ideologies. She works on identifying and amplifying strength-based approaches and practices that center cultural identities. She is committed to exploring the complicated relationships between power and privilege through a lens of intersectionality to understand how community programs, educators and educational institutions can work towards transformational social change at micro and macro levels.


Dr. Janelle Brady (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor of Black Studies in the School of Early Childhood Studies, Faculty of Community Services at Toronto Metropolitan University. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Her area of research explores Black mothers’ effective resistance strategies, race and racism in early years, and Black feminism. She is passionate about supporting children and families through engagement in various community-based research projects to enhance social and racial justice. Janelle’s work has been presented at peer-reviewed research conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the Canadian Sociological Association. Some of her peer-reviewed publications appear in the Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory, Emerging Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan and Myers Education Press. Her two most recent articles were published in the Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood and the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative. 

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