ADL Hosts SXSW EDU Panels
By Yael Brown
March brings the annual SXSW festival, a monthlong, multifaceted event that brings together national and international experts in every subject from technology to music and film. This year, ADL plans to host three SXSW EDU panels.
The first features ADL Director of Curriculum Jinnie Spiegler and Associate Director of Curriculum Libby Otto. The two speakers will teach K-12 educators how to address charged current events, from #MeToo to the Muslim Ban, in the classroom. They will present this interactive panel March 5 at 2 p.m.
The second panel features Austin’s local ADL education director, Jillian Bontke, in partnership with The Blanton Museum of Art’s education lead, Sabrina Phillips, and AISD curriculum specialist for social studies, David Levee, to feature their collaborative work “Doing Social Justice.” The program explores themes of racial equity, identity, bias and social action through artworks at the museum. Bontke, Phillips and Levee will present March 6 at 1:30 p.m.
The final SXSW EDU panel hosted by two former ADL education directors covers how to be an ally through recognizing your own biases. Rachelle Warren and Melia Dunn will help participants explore their expectations and privileges in order to move forward with social action. This panel is scheduled for March 7 at 11 a.m.
Details for all these panels and more can be found at sxswedu.com. Feel free to contact ADL at 512-249-7960 to learn more about ADL’s education work, or visit adl.org for free downloads of ADL education resources. ■