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Annual Martin Mogensen Lecture to focus on STEM education for global and local change

| Sarah Tweedale

Dr. Bhaskar Upadhyay

Dr. Bhaskar Upadhyay

Dr. Bhaskar Upadhyay, an associate professor of STEM education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, is the featured speaker for the 2022 Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Upadhyay's presentation, “STEM Education for Global and Local Change by Disrupting the Status Quo Through Liberatory and Critical Pedagogy” will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 in Room 1614 of Centennial Hall. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, also will be livestreamed.

Despite STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education being touted as the panacea for economic growth and future success in the global climate, many teachers have struggled to find a pathway for effective STEM education for all students.

Upadhyay will share his perspectives and research on how to make STEM education more equitable while transforming engagement to equip marginalized students to succeed. His research suggests that liberal and critical pedagogy provide some ways to disrupt the STEM teaching status quo by placing students and their communities at the center of all the activities as a means of reconceptualizing STEM education for social change and personal transformation.

Upadhyay's teaching and research draw from his lived experiences in an Indigenous village in Nepal, as an immigrant to the U.S., as a science teacher-educator and scholar, and from his work with inner-city schools, parents and Indigenous communities in both Nepal and the U.S.

About Dr. Bhaskar Upadhyay: Dr. Bhaskar Upadhyay is a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His research focuses on issues of equity, social justice and community engagement in urban and Indigenous contexts through STEM teaching, learning and leadership. Upadhyay earned a Ph.D. in science education from the University of Texas at Austin and is a former science teacher interested in research on issues of science teaching and learning in high-poverty urban schools. He uses Linking Food and Environment (LiFE) curriculum to understand teachers’ thinking about students’ lived experiences in teaching science. He also serves as an executive board member of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, where he serves as a liaison to the Equity and Ethics Committee.

About the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture: The Martin Mogensen Education Lecture is held annually in memory of Martin Mogensen, a 1952 graduate of UW-Eau Claire. Mogensen was a junior high school principal in Tomah when he was killed by a student in 1969. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Nelson Brinkhaus, also UW-Eau Claire graduates, and other family members began the lecture and an education scholarship through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation as a way to carry on Martin Mogensen's legacy: a deep faith in the value of education and teachers. The Mogensen family joins with the UW-Eau Claire College of Education and Human Sciences in bringing experts to speak to students, faculty and the public on contemporary education issues of the day. The Mogensen family also presents the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship as part of the lecture event. The scholarship is provided annually to an outstanding undergraduate student, chosen by the faculty, who shows promise of becoming a successful career teacher.

The following is a comprehensive list of all speakers and topics that have been held in the history of the lecture series:

2021: Kabzuag Vaj, founder and co-executive director of Freedom Inc. Lecture: Organizing for Racial and Gender Justice in an Era of Trumpism through a Hmong Feminist Lens
2020:
Cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
2019: 
Brian Jackson, leading educator, Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe tribal member, and president of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. Lecture: Indigenous Teaching and Learning Framework: More Than Beads and Feathers
2018:
 Melissa Bollow Tempel, Bilingual educator, activist, author and culturally responsive teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools. Lecture: Supporting LGBTQ Inclusive Spaces
2017: Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education at UW-Madison. Lecture: Hip-Hop, Hip Hope: The (R)Evolution of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy.
2016: Dr. Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, professor of criminal justice in the political science department at the UW-Eau Claire. Lecture: Addressing Cyber-bullying: Promoting Teens’ Positive Use of Technology
2015: Amy Vatne Bintliff, reading Teacher/Anti-bias Researcher Oregon Middle School, Oregon, Wisconsin and 2014 Teaching Tolerance National Awardee for Excellence in Teaching.
Lecture: “Essential for All:  Implementing Anti-bias Education in Majority White Communities.”
2014: Ron Jacobson, dean of the Northwest University School of Education. Lecture: “Rethinking School Bullying: Dominance, Identity and School Culture.” 2
2013: Linda Christensen, Oregon Writing Project, Lewis & Clark College. Lecture: “Outrageous Hope: Literacy and Social Justice”
2012: Dr. Christine Sleeter, president of the National Association for Multicultural Education. Lecture: “Nurturing Intellectual Work.”
2011: Manuel Scott, motivational speaker. Lecture: “A Message of Hope from one of the Original Freedom Writers.”
2010: Dr. Christine Johnston, originator and lead researcher of the Let Me Learn Process® and former director of Rowan University’s Center for the Advancement of Learning. Lecture: “The ‘Lost in School’ Phenomenon: The Challenge Facing 21st-Century Educators.”
2009: Rick Miller, nationally recognized child advocate and founder of Kids at Hope. Lecture: “Kids at Hope, No Exceptions.”
2008: Sadarri, Rick and Autumn Joy Saskill, multicultural, multilingual storytellers. Lecture: “One World — Many Stories.”
2007: John Perricone, author of “Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching” and an educator for the Maine-Endwell School District. Lecture: “Why Am I a Teacher? Connecting with Those Reasons That Drew Me into This Profession.”
2006: Bill Bond, resident practitioner for Safe and Orderly Schools, National Association for
Secondary School Principals. Lecture: “Words Hurt the Heart: Understanding Bullying in the Context of School Violence.”
2005: Dr. Gerdur G. Oskarsdottir, superintendent of schools at the Reykjavik School District in Iceland. Lecture: “Global Perspectives as a Catalyst for Change in Teaching and Learning.”
2004: Dr. Gerald Gutek, professor emeritus and former dean of the school of education at Loyola University in Chicago. Lecture: “The Foundations of Education: A Turn to the Right or a Turn to the Left?”