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»Teaching Critically and Democratically in Times of Crisis - A Gathering of Critical Scholars: Oct. 25, 2014

We had a successful event for the Re-Dedication of the Paulo Freire Critical Pedagogy Archives.  

The event included a symposium hosted by the Paulo Freire Democratic Project: Teaching Critically and Democratically: Politics and Pedagogy in Times of Crisis.

More details about the event to come!


  • Presenters
  • Program at a Glance
  • Location of Events
  • Dr. Nita Freire

    Nita Freire, Ph.D.
    Honored Guest
    Pontificia Universidade
    Catolica de Sao Paulo

    Dr. Nita Freire completed her Ph.D. Degree in Education at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo in 1994. Dr. Nita Freire collaborated with Dr. Paulo Freire on three books including "Pedagogy of Hope", "Teachers as Cultural Workers", and 'Letters to Cristina". Dr. Nita Freire is also an accomplished author and published Analfabetismo no Brasil (Literacy in Brazil); Centeruirio de nascimento de Aluizio Pessoa de Araujo (Hundredth anniversary of the birth of Aluizio Pessoa de Araujo) and Nita e Paulo: Crônicas de amor (Nita and Paulo: love chronicles). 

    Dr. Donaldo Macedo

    Donaldo Macedo, Ph.D, Ed.D.
    Distinguished Professor, Liberal Arts & Education
    University of Massachusetts Boston

    Dr. Macedo is a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Macedo primary areas of research include second language acquisition, pidgins and creoles critical literacy, and language policy. He has published articles and books in these areas including Literacies of Power: What Americans Are Not Allowed to Know, 2nd edition. (2005); Dancing With Bigotry (with Lilia Bartolome, 1999); Critical Education in the New Information Age (with Paulo Freire, Henry Giroux and Paul Willis, 1999); and Chomsky on Miseducation (with Noam Chomsky, 2000). Dr. Donaldo Macedo is also the recipient of the 2014 Paulo Freire Democratic Project Award for Social Justice.

    Dr. Peter McLaren

    Peter McLaren, Ph.D.
    Co-Director of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project
    Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Chapman University

    Professor McLaren is associated with Chapman’s historical commitment to the memory of Paulo Freire, as demonstrated by the university’s Freire archive collection and the only known North American bust of the well-known Brazilian pedagogical theorist. He has collaborated with Tom Wilson, Ed.D. and  Suzanne SooHoo, Ph.D., Hassinger Endowed Chair in Culture, Community and Collaboration, in the reinvention of the Freire Project at Chapman, as well as in formal and informal educational projects of ethical and democratic practices. For over 25 years, Professor McLaren has traveled internationally, advancing the work of Paulo Freire and working with philosophers, artists, musicians, politicians, playwrights, teachers, professors and students to create new approaches to critical pedagogy and social justice education worldwide. Instituto McLaren de Pedagogia Critica has been established in his name in Ensenada, Mexico. 

    Dr. Thomas Wilson

    Thomas Wilson, Ed.D.
    Chapman University
    Director Emeritus, Paulo Freire Democratic Project

    Tom Wilson came to Chapman University in 1992 to direct the Masters of Art in Education program. Currently, Dr. Wilson guides the Paulo Freire Democratic Project and has lectured and conducted workshops in the US as well as Canada, England, Poland, Russia, and Scotland. His lectures focus on themes of democratic education, organizational behavior, educational ethics, moral education, critical pedagogy, and social justice. He has made more than 100 presentations at various academic conferences and similar venues.

    Dr. Alma Flor Ada

    Alma Flor Ada Ph.D.
    Professor Emerita
    University of San Francisco

    Dr. Ada is a Pro­fes­sor Emerita at the Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco and her primary research interest include advo­cacy for peace by pro­mot­ing a ped­a­gogy ori­ented to per­sonal real­iza­tion and social justice; socio-political issues in education; education for personal liberation and social change; children's literature and critical thinking. Dr. Ada is an accomplished author for educators and her professional books include A Mag­i­cal Encounter: Latino Children’s Lit­er­a­ture in the Class­room (2002) and  Authors in the Class­room: A Trans­for­ma­tive Edu­ca­tion Process (2003, co-authored with F. Isabel Cam­poy). Dr. Ada is also an accomplished children's author and poet. Her books have received pres­ti­gious awards including the Christo­pher Medal for The Gold Coin, Pura Bel­pré Medal for Under the Royal Palms, and the Par­ents' Choice Honor for Dear Peter Rab­bit.

    Antonia Darder, Ph.D.

    Antonia Darder, Ph.D.
    Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership
    Loyola Marymount University

    Dr. Darder is a distinguished international Freirian scholar. Her scholarship focuses on issues of racism, political economy, social justice, and education. Her work critically engages the contributions of Paulo Freire, in better making sense of those inequalities faced by racialized populations in U.S. schools and society. She is the author of numerous books and articles in the field, including Culture and Power in the Classroom (1991/2012), Culture and Difference (1996), Reinventing Paulo Freire: A Pedagogy of Love (2002), A Dissident Voice: Essays on Culture, Pedagogy, and Power (2011) and Freire and Education (2014). She is also co-author of After Race: Racism After Multiculturalism (2004); and co-editor of The Critical Pedagogy Reader (2002/2008), Latinos and Education: A Critical Reader (2013), and the forthcoming International Critical Pedagogy Reader (2015).


    Dr. Richard Kahn

    Richard Kahn, Ph.D.
    Professor of Education, Antioch University

    Dr. Kahn is internationally regarded as a leading advocate and theorist of ecopedagogy -- an attempt to produce critical pedagogy as both a moral and liberatory inquiry project for just sustainability and planetary community. To this end, besides overseeing the Master of Arts in Education, Leadership & Change program at Antioch, he has produced numerous articles and award-winning books such as: Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy, and Planetary Crisis: The Ecopedagogy Movement (2010; Chinese translation, 2013), The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination (2011), and Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy Through the Liberal Arts (2013). He is presently Co-Chair of the Paulo Freire SIG of the American Educational Research Association.

  • Time
      October 24, 2014

    1 - 3 p.m.

    Pre-Symposium Dialogue

    Beckman Hall 107

    4 - 5:30 p.m. Presenter Meet and Greet - Argyros Forum, October 24, 2014 Argyros Forum Faculty Athenaeum
    October 25, 2014
    8 - 9 a.m.
    Symposium Registration & Continental Breakfast 
    Beckman Hall 404
    9:30 a.m. - Noon
    Morning Plenary featuring Nita Freire, Donaldo Macedo, Tom Wilson, and Peter McLaren
    Beckman Hall 404
    Noon - 1 p.m.
    Photos at Paulo Freire Bust  (Located between the Guggenheim Gallery and Bertea Hall)
    Book signings (Beckman Hall 404)
    Beckman Hall 404
    1 - 3:30 p.m.
    Afternoon Plenary featuring Richard Kahn, Antonia Darder, and Alma Flor Ada.
    Beckman Hall 404
    4 p.m.
    Archival Ceremonial and Champagne Toast and Appetizers
    Beckman Hall 404
  • Meet and Greet with the Presenters
    October 24, 2014
    4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Argyros Forum Faculty Athenaeum

    Symposium Events  
    October 25, 2014
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Beckman Hall 404

    Archive Ceremony
    October 25, 2014
    4 p.m.
    Beckman Hall 404

    Please visit the Chapman university Maps and Directions page for directions to the university, and a complete interactive campus map.

Meet and Greet Symposium Presenters: October 24th, 4-6 p.m.

Dr. Peter McLaren and Dr. Donaldo MacedoPlease join the Paulo Freire Democratic Project on October 24, from 4-6 p.m. at the Marvin W. Meyer Faculty Athenaeum, located on the 3rd floor of Argyros Form to meet the presenters of the Paulo Freire Critical Pedagogy Re-Dedication Archives and Symposium.  

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