5:30pm Doors / 6pm Speakers

The final EDTalks of the year, featuring Dr. Keith Brooks and Dr. Keith Mayes on critical race theory in education and the classroom, is SOLD OUT.  You can add your name to our waitlist and we will contact you if a ticket becomes available.  

"Critical Race Theory: Fact vs. Feeling" 
Dr. Keith Stanley Brooks is the Dean of Academic Foundations at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. A licensed principal, Dr. Brooks has worked as an Associate Professor of Education at Bethel University, a Project Manager at the St Paul Public Schools Foundation and the Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs at Anoka Ramsey Community College. He earned his M.ED in teacher leadership and PhD in work and human resource education at the University of MN

"Toward a Critical Theory of Blackness in the K-12 Classroom: Developing a Pedagogy of Learning and Liberation for African American Students"
Dr. Keith Mayes is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American & African Studies at the University of MN. His teaching and research interests include civil rights policy and the law; race and education pedagogy; and multiculturalism and diversity. Dr. Mayes has taught in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system (MNSCU) and consults with school districts on curriculum development, institutional diversity and equity, and student retention

EDTalks is a lively series of networking and education events that engages young professionals in public education issues in the Twin Cities. Each program features two compelling 20-minute presentations by cutting-edge educators, youth advocates, journalists, artists, policy-makers and others, along with ample time for conversation and networking.

EDTalks is presented by AchieveMpls and The Citizens League in partnership with Young Education Professionals - Twin Cities. 

For questions about ticket prices, accessibility or other concerns, contact Rachel at 612.455.1559 or at

EDTalks is sponsored by a generous donation from the Verne C. Johnson Family Foundation, which supports activities in the areas of education, youth and mentorship. Verne is former Citizens League Executive Director. His children were impressed by the initiative of the Citizens League's Emerging Leaders and wished to honor their father's commitment to the organization over his long life. Check out this video message from the Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Bush Foundation.