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Engage SF Takes the Stage at KQED’s “Night of Ideas”

Mark your calendars for a captivating evening of thought-provoking discussions and cultural exploration as the McCarthy Center takes the stage at KQED’s fifth annual “Night of Ideas”— the all-night marathon of talks, performances, food, art, and collective imagination at the San Francisco Public Library in Civic Center. The McCarthy Center’s Engage San Francisco Literacy presents an insightful conversation, “Cultural Humility and Literacy of Place with The Fillmore”  beginning at 8:00 p.m. Get a sneak peek of the evening’s far-reaching conversation and panelists.

Led by the McCarthy Center’s Engage San Francisco and its literacy initiative, the panel discussion will delve into the collaborative partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and community-based organizations. This partnership has blossomed into a year-round literacy support project for Western Addition children and their families. The panel will feature speakers Engage Literacy Manager Dresden Frazier-Smith, USF alumni and community activist Jada Curry, Western Addition community partner Michael White of Collective Impact, and faculty and collaborators from USF’s School of Education, including Colette Cann, Gertrude Jenkins and Onllwyn Dixon.

The central focus of the discussion will be the role of place, cultural humility, and the significance of creating pro-Black spaces in literacy education, aiming to shed light on the intersectionality of culture, education, and community engagement, which offers a unique perspective on the evolving landscape of literacy support.

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KQED’s ‘Night of Ideas’ is a collaborative effort with the San Francisco Public Library and Villa Albertine San Francisco, transforming the library’s main branch at Civic Center into a hub of intellectual exchange. The evening kicks off at 6:00 p.m. This year’s theme, “Fault Lines: Outside the Lines,” encourages attendees to explore the points of rupture and connection, bridging our world across urban, green, and digital spaces.  Admission is free, but registration is suggested to secure your spot.


To register for the ‘Night of Ideas,’ visit Join us for a profound exploration of cultural humility, literacy of place, and the transformative power of creating inclusive educational spaces. Let’s collectively envision a more just, culturally vibrant, and sustainable future for our city life!

Collette CannDresden Frazier-SmithEngage San FranciscoGertrude JenkinsJada CurryMichael WhiteNight of IdeasSan Francisco Public LibrarySFUSD

Sarina Barot-Martinez • February 16, 2024

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