Dr. Omowale Akintunde is renowned as a public intellectual, academician, and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker. The critically acclaimed writer/producer/director is a graduate of the conservatory program in filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. His first feature film, An Inaugural Ride to Freedom, won the 2010 Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Heartland Chapter for Best Documentary-Cultural. His very first short film, Mama n Em (2008) was accepted into the prestigious Hollywood Black Filmmakers Festival and his narrative feature film debut, Wigger, premiered in April of 2010 to an overflow crowd and rave reviews. Leo Adam Biga, film reviewer for The Reader described the film as, Dramatic, smart, funny, raw, and real, then went on to say that Omaha has now produced two of cinemas best works on the subject of race as Wigger joins 1967s A Time for Burning.
Dr. Akintunde is a retired Associate Professor from the Department of Black Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is well published in the areas of education, race, and diversity. He received the Bachelor of Science and Master of Music Education degrees from Alabama State University and the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and African American Studies from the University of Missouri. His other research interests include Hip-Hop culture, gender studies, and epistemology. In demand as a lecturer worldwide, his national television appearances include the Crier Report with Catherine Crier on the Fox News Network and the Morning News on MSNBC. His written publications include Multiculturalism and the Teacher Education Experience: Essays on Race, Class, and Culture and a childrens book The Adventures of Darrell and the Invincible Man. For more information regarding Dr. Akintunde please visit and
Exciting Pedagogical Approaches
The program curriculum will consist of intensive reading, discussion, class lectures, video presentations, group presentations, and lesson plan writing. Teachers will participate in a series of instructional modules. Each module will be contained in a special program book to be created by Dr. Omowale Akintunde for the Minnesota Humanities Center and disseminated to each of the program participants. These modules that will progress teachers through a process that will explicate how White privilege functions in American society and subsequently underscores American school curricula. The final component of this process will be curricular transformation in which the participants will demonstrate not only their understanding of these issues of critical diversity but also how to construct curriculum, lesson plans, and pedagogical techniques that demonstrate this proficiency. This process will involve a triadic process consisting of three Phases:
1. Phase 1: Unveiling the Myth: The role of epistemology in social knowledge construction
2. Phase 2: Deconstructing the Myth: Its what you know when you dont know that thats what you know
3. Phase 3: Transcending Mythology: Exposing the Hidden Narrative in Lesson Plans and Curricula
A Service of Minnesota Humanities Center