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Christopher Emdin

Christopher Emdin

Keynote Speaker: Professor of Science Education & Author

Christopher Emdin Biography

Dr. Christopher Emdin is the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair in Curriculum Theory and Professor of Education at the University of Southern California; where he also serves as Director of youth engagement and community partnerships at the USC Race and Equity Center. He is also Scholar/Griot in Residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

He previously served as Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education and Director of the Science Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Emdin is an alumni fellow at the Hip-hop Archive and Hutchins Center at Harvard University and was STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, Science Genius BATTLES and the CREATE Accelerator. He was recently named one of the 27 people bridging divides in the United States by Time magazine and the Root 100 lis of most influential African Americans.

He is the author of numerous award winning works including the award-winning, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and the New York Times bestseller, "For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too." His latest books, "Ratchetdemic: Reimagining Academic Excellence" and "STEM, STEAM, Make, Dream" are currently available wherever books are sold.

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Christopher Emdin Speaking Topics

Rethinking Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

Dr. Christopher Emdin explores participation and engagement in STEM fields and the ways that the education culture tracks students out of success in these disciplines. He uncovers reasons for youth disinterest in school and the STEM disciplines and how we can look for new educational approaches that foster participation and engagement in STEM without sacrificing rigor and content. This speech discusses what it takes to be a scientist; how educators, parents, and the general public can hone those skills in youth; and why we have no choice but to re-focus on creating a new STEM generation.

Hip-Hop & Education

Keynote speaker Christopher Emdin explores the concept of hip-hop education and discusses what works and what doesn't in this growing field. He outlines research-based ways that hip-hop culture can be used in education and discusses the pitfalls of hip-hop education that are rarely discussed by scholars, researchers, and a growing "hip-hop intellectual" audience. In this speech, Dr. Emdin critiques hip-hop while discussing its immense political and social potential.

Teaching & Learning from the Student's Standpoint

In an age where terms like "multiculturalism" and "cultural relevance" have been littered across the educational landscape, teachers and administrators still have a challenging time implementing instructional approaches/tools that meet the needs of a diverse student population. Education speaker Christopher Emdin explores the current educational buzz words, bridges the divides between theory and practice, and provides tangible tools for educators on improving their practice.

The Crisis of Urban Education

In this presentation, Dr. Christopher Emdin lays out the current and ever-evolving sociopolitical and "in the trenches" landscape of urban education, outlines the reasons for our current national challenges, and offers research-based but often underexplored solutions. This speech explores the public/private battle in urban education, challenges of teacher training and recruitment, national policy, the newly developed common core learning standards, and new possibilities.

Christopher Emdin Videos

In Conversation with Professor Christopher Emdin
Chris Emdin | SXSW EDU 2023 Studio
Teaching & Being Rachetdemic | Christopher Emdin | TEDxBerkeley

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What topics does Christopher Emdin speak about?

Christopher Emdin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Social Sciences, Technology, Diversity, Black Heritage, Entertainers, College, Inspirational, Science, Education, Celebrity, Education Policy & Reform and Culture.

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Christopher Emdin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Social Sciences, Technology and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Christopher Emdin for live events is $30,000 - $50,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Christopher Emdin generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Daymond John and Hill Harper. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Christopher Emdin for an upcoming event.

Christopher Emdin Speaking Topics

  • Rethinking Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

    Dr. Christopher Emdin explores participation and engagement in STEM fields and the ways that the education culture tracks students out of success in these disciplines. He uncovers reasons for youth disinterest in school and the STEM disciplines and how we can look for new educational approaches that foster participation and engagement in STEM without sacrificing rigor and content. This speech discusses what it takes to be a scientist; how educators, parents, and the general public can hone those skills in youth; and why we have no choice but to re-focus on creating a new STEM generation.

  • Hip-Hop & Education

    Keynote speaker Christopher Emdin explores the concept of hip-hop education and discusses what works and what doesn't in this growing field. He outlines research-based ways that hip-hop culture can be used in education and discusses the pitfalls of hip-hop education that are rarely discussed by scholars, researchers, and a growing "hip-hop intellectual" audience. In this speech, Dr. Emdin critiques hip-hop while discussing its immense political and social potential.

  • Teaching & Learning from the Student's Standpoint

    In an age where terms like "multiculturalism" and "cultural relevance" have been littered across the educational landscape, teachers and administrators still have a challenging time implementing instructional approaches/tools that meet the needs of a diverse student population. Education speaker Christopher Emdin explores the current educational buzz words, bridges the divides between theory and practice, and provides tangible tools for educators on improving their practice.

  • The Crisis of Urban Education

    In this presentation, Dr. Christopher Emdin lays out the current and ever-evolving sociopolitical and "in the trenches" landscape of urban education, outlines the reasons for our current national challenges, and offers research-based but often underexplored solutions. This speech explores the public/private battle in urban education, challenges of teacher training and recruitment, national policy, the newly developed common core learning standards, and new possibilities.

Christopher Emdin Videos

In Conversation with Professor Christopher Emdin
Chris Emdin | SXSW EDU 2023 Studio
Teaching & Being Rachetdemic | Christopher Emdin | TEDxBerkeley

Christopher Emdin News

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