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Featured Interviews, Speeches & Past Events

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz discusses the "Archeology of the Self", where she challenges educators to examine their views on communities and students they serve, while also mentoring educators of all backgrounds on how to do the "deep work" of excavating their personal histories and activating their racial consciousness as precursor to theorizing about pedagogy. 

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz and two of her students appeared in Spike Lee's "2 Fists Up: We Gon' Be Alright" (2016), a documentary about the Black Lives Matter movement and the campus protests at Mizzou.

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz discusses the Teacher as Interrupter.

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz composed and delivered an original poem at the inauguration of TC President Thomas Bailey.

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz recites Maya Angelou's, Still I Rise.

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz was the M.C. for the 4th Annual, First Generation & Diversity Graduation Celebration. This event takes place each spring in May, to celebrate and honor first-generation TC students. 

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Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz her article, "Learning to Resist: Educational Counter-Narratives of Black College Reentry Mothers" (2013). 

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Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz spoke in conversation with Dr. Bettina Love and Genevieve DeBose Akinnagbe, about Dr. Love's book, "We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom".

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz talks about how her former NYU Professor, Dr. Suzanne Carothers, made a difference in her life.  

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Dr Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz joined Dr. Gholdy Muhammad for a roundtable discussion with Scholastic Education to explore the importance of textual lineage in antiracism teaching, actionable steps to begin culturally responsive teaching, and how to make it sustainable in the physical and remote classroom beyond the teaching of current events. View the recording of the event here

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz gave the Equity Excellence Event Lecture on the Archeology of the Self at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz joined Fanshen Cox for a workshop at the 2020 TC Academic Festival. The workshop was called, Intersecting Identities: Historical Context and the Development of Personal Narrative and Identity.

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz discusses how to learn about the Archaeology of the Self and have Constructive Conversations. 

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz gave a keynote address for the Arts in Education Roundtable at the National Dance Institute.  

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz gave a keynote address for the The One Book, One School Series at Columbia Public Health. Her keynote connected her deep knowledge of racial literacy and the archaeology of the self, along with anti-racist concepts that are engaged throughout the One Book series. 

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz was interviewed by Cultural Caravan TV , where she discussed the importance of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for children of color.  

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz was a featured panelist for the 360 The Causes and Consequences of Inequality, hosted by Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz participated in a virtual gathering among TC community members, where guests gave their reflections on police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S. 

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz participated in a webinar as panelist with The HACSA Live Webinar Series.  

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz participated in a webinar as panelist with The HACSA Live Webinar Series.  

Love from the Vortex & Other Poems Featured Videos 

The Arts and Humanities Department at Teachers College were highlighting remarkable faculty and students. Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz was one the faculty featured for #WomensHistoryMonth, and discussed her book, Love from the Vortex (Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC) - which charts her journey of finding and losing love over the span of three decades with six different men who came into her life at various times, but also offers a universal take on what can happen when one seeks love and connection with others, and the lessons that follow when that connection and love is lost.

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz read some selected poems from Love from the Vortex & Other Poems, and discussed the process of writing the poems and stories behind them.


Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz hosted an online virtual reading of LFTV with WordUp Bookshop called Reset, Rewind, Relax. Nine poets were also invited and shared their own personal work with all of our attendees. To see the recording of the event, click here


On August 5th, BlackGaze Podcast hosted a Facebook Live & YouTube event to support their virtual book club “What you reading though?” The podcast creators invited LGBTQ+ activist Mr. David Johns, and Dr. Edmund Adjapong, Assistant Professor of Education, to discuss the book as it relates to the themes of Black Love and Liberation.

Dr Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz joined The Newark Public Library President's Coterie for a virtual book club discussion of Love from the Vortex & Other Poems. 

Dr Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz was a featured guest in an episode of "Flow" with Durell Cooper. Both discussed Love from the Vortex & Other Poems and forgiveness. 

Dr Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz was a featured guest on Black Gaze Podcast with Dr. Kisha Porcher and Dr. Shamaine Bertrand. 


Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz joined the 2020 Reimagining Education: Teaching, Learning, and Leading for a Racially Just Society Summer Institute for this after-hours event centered on Love from the Vortex & Other Poems. Dr. Sealey-Ruiz was joined by Shamari K. Reid, a Doctoral Candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, for a dialogue on the central themes of my poetry and the broader themes of self-love, and the role of self-love in self-care and racial healing.


Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz joined Fairfield Yabantu, a collaborative effort by concerned citizens dedicated to addressing the issue of racism, classism, sexism, and othering. Yabantu seeks to achieve social equity and harmony through deliberate action aimed to expose the structures and cultural habits that promote division amongst people. 

Dr. Sealey-Ruiz joined participants for a private reading of Love from the Vortex & Other Poems, and guided the conversation and reading around my archeology of the self theory. 

Dr Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz was a featured guest at The Tuxedo Park Library. In conversation with Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, both discussed poetry, love, and race in connection with Love from the Vortex and Other Poems. 

Dr Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz was a featured guest on CivicList with Matthew Camp. Dr Sealey-Ruiz discussed how we can fall into vulnerability, love, and equity, and along with digging into our histories, these practices can open up space for liberation.

Dr Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz gave a reading of LFTV for the Brooklyn Rail's September Guest Critic Page, "World on Fire". 

Featured Podcasts

Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz was featured on the podcast, 3 Educated Brothas. In conversation with Dr. Edmund Adjapong, P. Gladston Williamson and Marc Pierre, Yolanda discussed her first, full-length poetry book, Love from the Vortex & Other Poems. The podcast is all about things education through the experiences of 3 Black men. 


Click here to listen to the entire episode. Click here for more information on the podcast. 


On Thursday, July 2nd, I joined Dr. Shamaine Bertrand and Dr. Kisha Porcher of Black Gaze Podcast to discuss how Love from the Vortex and Other Poems is the manifestation of my radical Black Self Love and Healing.


Throughout this live event, we had a critical conversation about how we must love ourselves deeply and become critically conscious about the trauma we have experienced in learning to love ourselves and others. To listen to the episode, click here

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The first episode of the NYC Healing Collective podcast featured Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz. In conversation with Angel Acosta, co-founder of the NYC Healing Collective, both discuss what it means to heal through the Archeology of the Self. 

The NYC Healing Collective amplifies people and insights at the intersection of healing, wellness and societal transformation. 

Click here to listen to the entire episode. Click here for more information on the NYC Healing Collective. 


On Saturday, November 7th, 2020, I joined Evalaurene Jean-Charles and we spoke about Culturally Relevant Care, critical English education, how we should be supporting our black youth to become teachers, and much more! Click here to listen to the episode. 

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