Professor Peter McLaren is a renowned scholar and activist who is considered a major representative of social justice education and critical pedagogy worldwide. McLaren is the author and editor of nearly 50 books and hundreds of professional publications on education and social justice. He received his PhD in education from the University of Toronto, Canada, and has also received three honorary doctorates. Instituto McLaren de Pedagogia Critica y Educacion Popular, an organization that offers courses, degrees and training in popular education in Ensenada Mexico has been named in his honor. Professor McLaren lectures worldwide. He is currently Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.
Brian Jones is a teacher, actor and activist in New York. He has taught elementary grades for almost a decade in New York City’s public schools, and is pursuing a PhD in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is a member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators: the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers. Brian co-narrated the film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, and has contributed to the book Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation. Brian is the recipient of a 2012 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship. He is currently writing a book about the radical legacy of the Civil Rights Movement.
Debangshu Roychoudhury, has an MA in Counseling from NYU and is currently a PhD student in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Debangshu is a rapper and Artistic Director of the Hip Hop Psychology Performing Arts Movement who has opened up for Immortal Technique, The Grits, Kanye West and performed for Reverend Run and with feminist artist Judy Chicago. Lauren M. Gardner has an MSW from Fordham University and is currently a PhD student in Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the Operations and Organization Specialist for The Hip Hop Psychology Performing Arts Movement. Lauren is a dancer and choreographer who performs nationally and internationally, and has opened for rappers Ludacris and Common. Together, Debangshu and Lauren have authored a book chapter on misdiagnosis as it relates to the hip hop community entitled “Taking back our minds: Hip hop psychology’s (HHP) call for a renaissance, action, and liberatory use of psychology in education.”