Loukia K. Sarroub

 

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(October 2014) The Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee recently launched their first podcast page for the academic year, (Inter)National Social Justice Issues and the Academy (see the attached flyer). As a way to spark conversation regarding the annual conference theme, Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis, the Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee is composing a three-part podcast series to survey related topics and focal areas of interest as they pertain to the social contexts of education. Dr. Loukia Sarroub from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Dr. Chezare Warren from Michigan State University have started our series by dialoguing about current events in the United States that have sparked national conversations concerning social relations, race, religion, and social justice. Please click on the following link (https://aeradivg.wordpress.com/divgpodcasts/) to listen to the podcast. We hope to continue the conversation on Twitter using #‎divgchat. As always, please follous us: http://aeradivg.wordpress.com and/or feel free to contact us at divggrads@gmail.com

"Podcast Description: (Inter)National Social Justice Issues and the Academy
In this podcast we welcome Dr. Chezare A. Warren from Michigan State University and Dr. Loukia Sarroub from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a conversation about current events in the United States that have sparked national conversations concerning social relations, race, religion, and justice. We focus on the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri and the demonstrations that have followed, as well as the rise of ISIL/ISIS/IS in the Middle East and the US reactions. In considering the cases of the African American and Muslim communities, we are interested in how to use social justice research to address issues of racism, and Islamophobia, and consequently work towards improving the educational and lived experiences of students from both communities. What lessons can we learn from both communities, as we consider how to use social justice research in relation to other marginalization communities?"

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Interview with Loukia K. Sarroub, Yemeni culture in the US, #5. Discovering Yemen. http://americaabroadmedia.org/resources/education. Available on iTunes U, PRI Radio International, America Abroad Media.

Current Research Projects (also see publications page for most recent research articles)

I am currently working on an multi-year ethnographic project, "Literate Success: American and Refugee Youth In and Out of School." The purpose of this research is to examine cultural, language, and literacy practices that may either hinder or support the intellectual and social success of low socioeconomic status (SES) students at home and school. Although there is a wide range of research on literacy in the elementary grades--research on reading and writing, intertextuality, sociolinguistics and culture, family literacy--there is a relatively small body of published literature in the U.S. on youth cultures and literacy in secondary schools. This study will serve to inform teachers and researchers about the ways in which students of diverse backgrounds, low SES, and little cultural capital negotiate various literate/nonliterate/semiliterate worlds and create spaces in which learning can take place. The combination of this study and the one I conducted in Michigan will contribute to the improvement of education by (1) bringing attention to secondary school literacy practices among low SES populations, (2) reinforcing the notion that the use of language within home and school contexts is mediated by various social, cognitive, and cultural elements, and (3) creating ways for teachers and researchers to better understand youth cultures as linguistic and cultural entities within our schools. Current funding for this long-term research and fieldwork includes Social Science Council grant, UCARE grants, and a Layman grant, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.



‘ Glocal’ Literacies: Anthropology Meets Education (Current): This work is focused on the examination of reproduction theories as the basis for change in education in both local and global contexts in the United States and Europe.

Immigration Discourse in the United States and Europe (Current): This study offers a discourse analysis of public media portrayals of immigrants and refugees.

Selected Papers/Presentations related to research projects: (see publications page for most recent research articles)

Sarroub, L. K. (November 2011). Organized and chaired and presented paper in symposium session: Youth and teachers on the margins: Institutional literacy and language practices at odds with our perceptions. Literacy Research Association meeing, Jacksonville, FL.

Sarroub, L.K. (May 10, 2011). Literacy Learning among low SES US and Iraqi Youth. Featured Research Presentation at International Reading Association meeting. Orlando.

Sarroub, L. K. (Nov. 19, 2010). Organized and chaired symposium session: Beginning ethnographers: Circulating in compelling dilemmas and sites. New Orleans. [with Doctoral students: Bonodji Nako, Sarah Staples-Farmer, Nancy Anderson; colleague: Dr. John Raible].

Sarroub, L. K. (Dec. 4, 2010). "You can't read!": Legitimate selves, legitimate texts in a high school literacy classroom. Meeting of t he Literacy Research Association, Albuquerque, NM. Chaired Symposium Session: The New Youth and Their Literacies: National and International Perspectives Across School and Community Settings, with co-presenters Glynda Hull (UC-Berkeley & NYU) and Rob Petrone (UNebraska-Lincoln) and Discussants Donna Alverman (UGeorgia) and Colin Harrison (UNottingham).

Our symposium offers the NRC audience the opportunity to engage with scholars whose research gives significant insight into youth and their textual interactions, popular culture, school-mandated texts as well as illegitimate school texts, and internet-enabled social networking and multi-modalities in US settings and elsewhere. Salient in each paper is the notion that youth of low-socioeconomic background creatively forge new identities by manipulating and engaging with print, visual, digital, and cosmopolitan literacies in spite of and/or in addition to their lack of school success. The papers indicate that there is a generative power to their literacy learning and practices that can be conceptualized as more sensitive to youthful capacities for well-being and meaning making. The papers also highlight the importance of examining embedded ideologies in literacy education and how youth consume, subvert, and reproduce these ideologies. Finally, all three papers engage the NRC audience in both micro and macro-level analyses and implications of youth literacies in a globalized and globalizing world.

Sarroub, L. K. (February 11, 2010). Keynote Talk: Resilience in Ethnographic Research Methodology. NCTE Research Assembly. University of Pittsburgh.

Sarroub, L.K. (March 23, 2009). Transnational literacy practices in and out of school among Yemeni American and Iraqi Youth. Conference on Arab-American women. Kansas State University.

Sarroub, L. K. (Dec. 3, 2008). Cultural Approaches to Understanding Literacy. Area 6 Invited Session Speaker, National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.


Sarroub, L. K. (Nov. 19, 2008). Reading between the walls: Literacies and socioeconomic status in a high school classroom. Paper to be presented at the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Sarroub, L. K. (Nov. 6, 2008). Literacy and Democracy. Nebraska Honors Forum Lecture. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, City Union Auditorium, 7p.

Sarroub, L. K. (April 3, 2008). Seeking refuge in Education: Transnational Iraqi Youth Dilemmas. Conference: The Undefended Childhood in Global Context: Structural Challenges to Schooling, Health, and Well Being Among the World’s Children. Michigan State University, East Lansing Michigan, Kellogg Center.

Sarroub, L.K. (November 28, 2007). Finding husbands, finding wives: How being literate creates crisis. Paper presented in symposium "Literacy in Times of Crisis: Four Perspectives." National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Sarroub, L.K. (April 2007). Doing literacy and gender ‘glocally’: Transnationalism in the Middle.” Paper presented in symposium “Making it as Muslims in the West: The geopolitics of gender, race, and education.” AERA, Chicago.


Sarroub, L, K. (November 30, 2005). “Midwestern Identities: Negotiating Culture and Literacies in a Red State.” Organized and chairing symposium at the National Reading Conference, Miami , FL.


Sarroub, L. K. (December 3, 2005). Discussant for symposium “Fostering Institutional Critique and Change in Readers’ Stances through Responding to Multicultural Literature” (with Richard Beach and Cynthia Lewis at University of Minnesota, NRC, Miami, FL.

"'The smallest thing in the world': Reading Iraqi Secondary Students in an American High School" to be presented at the National Reading Conference meeting in Miami, FL, December 2002.

“I Was Bitten By A Scorpion”: Reading & Masculinity In and Out of School in a Refugee’s Life, paper to be presented at the National Reading Conference, San Antonio, December 2004
Loukia K. Sarroub, Todd Perniceck, Tracy Silva


Sarroub, L. K. (December 2005). Discussant for symposium “Fostering Institutional Critique and Change in Readers’ Stances through Responding to Multicultural Literature” (with Richard Beach and Cynthia Lewis at University of Minnesota, NRC, Miami, FL.


Sarroub, L. K. (April 15, 2005). “Rapping High School Reading: Playing with Literacy and Masculinity.” Paper presented at AERA, Montreal, Canada.