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2020 Cátedra Paulo Freire

The Potency of Collective Conscientização - Resisting the Disimagination Machine

March 12-13, 2020 | 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL

The Cátedra Paulo Freire Conference 2020 is an invitation to those who yearn for a more humane world. In his constant celebration of hope, Paulo Freire always highlighted that “while change is difficult, it is always possible.”

In a current context saturated with “politics of disimagination,” we are challenged to remember Freire and his vision of liberating education—an education whose main aim is humanization. When people engage in  critical analyses of their political and social reality through the process of conscientization, they acquire the conditions to transform it. Inspired by Freire and Henry Giroux, Cátedra Paulo Freire 2020 seeks to provide pedagogical spaces for creative and liberating dialogue. 

Our speaker will be renowned critical educator and public intellectual, Henry Giroux, a prolific author, and political commentator who was one of the founders of critical pedagogy and who has contributed immensely  to disseminate its principles of social justice, democracy, and human solidarity. Giroux will explore the intersection between culture, politics, and new forms of social control that have been articulated to generate a culture of forgetfulness, blind obedience, and conformity. He proposes an alternative critical, education that plays a fundamental role in fighting corporate interests that attempt  to restrict civil rights so as to diminish   our collective capacity to participate as critical men and women in the world Giroux also advocates the need to make pedagogy central to politics itself, creating the necessary conditions to provide the basis for the development of critical political consciousness that gives birth to a substantive democracy.


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March 12, 2020 - March 13, 2020

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

Keynote Speaker

Henry A. Giroux

Henry A. Giroux is the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest and the Paulo Freire Distinguished Scholar in Critical Pedagogy in tge Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. One of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the United States, he is best known for his pioneering work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory.

An internationally renowned writer and cultural critic, Giroux has authored, or co-authored over 65 books, written several hundred scholarly articles, delivered more than 250 public lectures, been a regular contributor to print, television, and radio news media outlets, and is one of the most cited Canadian academics working in any area of Humanities research.

In 2002, he was named as one of the top fifty educational thinkers of the modern period in Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present as part of Routledge’s Key Guides Publication Series. In the same year, he delivered the prestigious Herbert Spencer Lecture at Oxford University. In 2007, he was named by the Toronto Star as one of the “12 Canadians Changing the Way We Think.” He has received honorary doctorates from Memorial University in Canada, Chapman University in California, and the University of the West of Scotland. 

Giroux is on the editorial and advisory boards of numerous national and international scholarly journals, and he has served as the editor or co-editor of four scholarly book series. He co-edited a series on education and cultural studies with Paulo Freire for a decade. He is on the Board of Directors for Truthout. His books have been translated into many languages and his work has appeared in the New York Times and many other prominent news media. He is interviewed regularly on a number of media.