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CUNY LILAC sponsors the Critical Pedagogy Symposium May 17-19, 2023

Registration is now open for the Critical Pedagogy Symposium, which will be held virtually May 17th – May 19th, 2023, 12pm – 4pm EST. The virtual event is open to everyone. Use this link to register

CUNY LILAC is proud to once again sponsor the Critical Pedagogy Symposium (CPS). CPS is a working symposium that is focused on creating space for library workers to learn, collaborate, and engage with the critical theoretical issues that underpin our profession.

CPS understands Critical Pedagogy as a praxis that interrogates power structures, distributions of labor, histories, queer, racial inequities, environmental and social justices, and other forms of anti-oppression frameworks. 

In 2023, the Symposium is devoted entirely to exploring critical race theory within Library and Information Science (LIS).

To learn more about the theoretical framing and practical approach to the Symposium, listen to the CRTCollective’s podcast episode featuring CPS organizers Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, Symphony Bruce, and Hebah Emara here:


The Symposium will feature an Opening Keynote from David James Hudson (University of Guelph) and Closing Keynote with Emily Drabinski (City University of New York Graduate Center) in conversation with David James Hudson and Baharak Yousefi (Simon Fraser University), moderated by Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz (New York University).

mid symposium Plenary titled, Critical Race Theory and Critical Pedagogy Librarianship: Intersections, Explorations, and Practice with Critical Pedagogy Librarians Jamillah R. Gabriel (Harvard University), Robin Gee (Cornell University), Tova Johnson (Oregon Health & Science University), and Symphony Bruce (New York University) will also place us into context with the practical applications of this work on the ground in our libraries.

The entire three-day symposium will include presentations, peer review, discussions, and lightning talks, some of which are listed below:

Wednesday, May 17th:

Thursday, May 18th:

Friday, May 19th:

For more information about the program, check out the Critical Pedagogy Symposium website which has the full schedule, email criticallibrarysymposium@gmail.com, or follow on Twitter @crit_pedagogy.

The Critical Pedagogy Symposium is a collaborative project sponsored by ACRL/NY, CUNY LILAC, Barnard College, METRO, Library Juice Press and Library Juice Academy and NYU Libraries. Additional sponsorship is provided by the CRTcollective, a community of international, interdisciplinary, and intersectional scholar-activists who are committed to cultivating knowledge and information across borders.

Symposium Committee:

Dianne Gordon Conyers 

Associate Professor & Periodicals Librarian

LaGuardia Community College, CUNY


Emma C. Antobam-Ntekudzi

Assistant Professor/Reference & Instruction Librarian

Bronx Community College, CUNY


Hafeezah Hussein

Instruction Assessment Associate

Undergraduate & Instructional Services, NYU


Hailey Byrd

Dual Degree Student MA Costume Studies, NYU Steinhardt

MLIS, LIU Palmer School of Library Science

External Engagement Intern, Division of Libraries, NYU


Hebah Emara

Librarian for Open Innovation

Bern Dibner Library, NYU


Lia Warner

Reference and Instruction Associate

Reference Services Department, NYU


Liam Adler 

Director of Collections Strategy, Access, and Engagement

Librarian for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

Barnard Library & Academic Information Services, Barnard College


Linda Miles, MLS, MA, PhD

Assistant Professor, Head of Reference

Hostos Community College, CUNY


Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz 

Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning & Engagement

New York University Libraries

Visiting Asst. Prof., Pratt School of Information


Stephanie Margolin 

Associate Professor & Instructional Design Librarian

Hunter College, CUNY

Symphony Bruce

Critical Pedagogy Librarian

Undergraduate & Instructional Services, NYU