Jabari Mahiri | Berkeley Writers at Work

August 21, 2023

Jabari Mahiri to be Featured Thursday, October 12, In UC Berkeley’s College Writing Programs’ Berkeley Writers at Work Series

Jabari Mahiri, Professor in the Berkeley School of Education (BSE) and the William and Mary Jane Brinton Family Chair in Urban Education, will be the featured writer in the Fall 2023 Berkeley Writers at Work series. The event will take place on Thursday, October 12, from noon to 1:30 pm in the Morrison Library, 101 Main Library, on the UC Berkeley campus.


ProfessorMahiri is the author of the forthcoming book Equity Conscious Leaders: Educating for a Just World. He is also the author of Deconstructing Race: Multicultural Education Beyond the Color-Bind (2017); Digital Tools in Urban Schools: Mediating a Remix of Learning (2011); Out of Bounds: When Scholarship Athletes become Academic Scholars (2010) with Derek Van Rheenen; and Shooting for Excellence: African American and Youth Culture in New Century Schools (1998).

He is editor of The First Year of Teaching: Classroom Research to Improve Student Learning (2014) with Sarah Freedman; and What They Don't Learn in School: Literacy in the Lives of Urban Youth (2004). He also published a children's book, The Day They Stole the Letter J, that has just been re-published in 2023.

Dr. Mahiri received UC Berkeley's Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence; the Chancellor's Award for Community Service, the Leon Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service and Commitment to Equity and Diversity; and, the American Educational Research Association, Division G, Outstanding Mentorship Award. 

Before coming to Berkeley in 1992, he helped found and chaired the inaugural board of directors of New Concept Development Center, an independent Chicago school that has been in existence for more than 40 years. He also was a credentialed English teacher in Chicago Public Schools for seven years.

The Berkeley Writers at Work series provides a venue for campus writers to talk about their writing process—from getting ideas, to drafting, to revising. Professor Mahiri will read from his work, be interviewed about his writing process, and answer questions from the audience.

The event is free and open to the public.