The Bluest Eye Symposium: Teaching Panel


Hosted by Marissa Kassenich with support from Humanities Texas

Facilitated by Alonzo Smith, TCU English Department

Project organizers: Stacie McCormick and Sarah Ruffing Robbins, TCU English Department



Lorena Germán, Multicultural Classroom

Title: “The Bluest Eye is Our Grandmother’s Doily”

Lorena Germán is a Dominican American educator working with young people and adults on social justice-focused literacy practices. She’s Co-Founder of Multicultural Classroom, Co-Founder of #DisruptTexts, and Chair of NCTE’s Committee Against Racism & Bias in the Teaching of English.



Chanea Bond, English and Literacy Teacher, Fort Worth ISD

Title: “Beloved: Caring for Black girls while teaching The Bluest Eye”

Chanea Bond is a North Texas teacher, mentor, and advocate. Her areas of interest and study include Womanist literature, diversifying curriculum, abolitionist education, and centering student voice. You can learn more about her work at



Micah-Jade Coleman Stanback, TCU English Department

Title: “Morrison and Diamond Side-by-Side: Teaching Genre and Adaptation through The Bluest Eye”

Micah-Jade Coleman Stanback is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in English at TCU, where she specializes in Black Childhood Studies. Her dissertation, “Beyond Innocence: Examining Black Childhood in the Long 19th-Century” seeks to complicate our collective understanding of innocence—a framework widely used to discuss children—and invites readings that understand Black children in more complex ways. Other aspects of her research and pedagogy address the confluences of Black Young Adult (YA) fiction and environmental studies, as well as Black sound.