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Cátedra Paulo Freire "Resistencia: Contesting Racist Legacies"

March 14-15, 2018

The intersections between race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality have had a significant impact on human rights conflicts around the world. Understanding the dynamics of these intersections has a direct implication on how we confront and resist the forces that dehumanize people in contemporary societies. Identifying the ideological mechanisms that shape and maintain social order in its historical, economic, and political dimensions is imperative and must be challenged if we are to seek constructive change in our society.

Sponsored by the Hispanic-Latinx Center at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, the 2018 Cátedra Paulo Freire will explore how we—anchored in ethical and theological principles of equality, democracy, fairness, and justice—must individually and collectively resist. The theme of the Cátedra, "Resistencia: Contesting Racist Legacies," is an invitation to engage in a dialogue and together construct more emancipatory and just relations among ourselves.

Registration and CEUs


Registration Fee: $20

Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University students, faculty, and staff will have their registration fee waived but must register with the Garrett-Evangelical or Northwestern University email address.

Continuing Education Units

Participants can earn 1 Contiuning Education Unit (CEU) for attending the Cátedra. CEU certificates are available for $10 and can be purchased ahead of time using the registration form. The certificate will be given at the end of the Cátedra.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

4:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Worship in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful
5:30 p.m. Registration and Check-In
7:00 p.m. Welcome from President Lallene J. Rector
7:30 p.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Dr. Donaldo Macedo
Dr. Débora Junker
7:45 p.m. The Pedagogy of Justice: Understanding Freire's Ethics Beyond Methods
Dr. Donaldo Macedo
8:30 p.m. Panel Response
Panelists: Dr. James Kirylo, Dr. Frances Aparicio, Dr. Osvaldo Vena
9:00 p.m. Questions and Answers, Adjourning Song


Thursday, March 15, 2018

8:30 a.m. Coffee and Tea
9:00 a.m. Centering Time
9:30 a.m. Creative Work
10:20 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Group Discussions
Group 1: Language, Hybridity, and Race in US Latinx Communities led by Dr. Frances Aparicio
Group 2: Paulo Freire and a Spirituality of Becoming led by Dr. James Kirylo
Group 3: Learning to Read the Bible in Collaboration with the Oppressed led by Dr. Osvaldo Vena
11:30 a.m. Synthesis from Group Discussions
12:30 p.m. Book Signing and Lunch
2:00 p.m. Decolonizing Education through Freire's Revolutionary Praxis
Dr. Donaldo Macedo
3:00 p.m. Questions and Answers
3:20 p.m. Acknowledgments and Depature, Adjourning Song, Group Picture


Directions to Garrett-Evangelical

The links below will help you make your way to Garrett-Evangelical, and help you find your way around once you arrive.



Campus Buildings:

The Garrett-Evangelical campus is comprised of five buildings toward the north and west side of Northwestern University's Evanston campus. In addition, the seminary owns three nearby apartment complexes.

  • Main, its Gothic tower visible from much of NU's campus, houses much of the administration, most of the classrooms (all outfitted for computer-assisted learning), many faculty offices, the Styberg Library, and the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful.
  • Shaffer is connected to the north end of the Main building and houses most of the faculty offices as well as the IT department.
  • Loder Hall, east and slightly south of the main building, contains the cafeteria (Food for Thought), guest rooms, dorm rooms, some administrative offices, student lounges and kitchen, lockers for commuting students and is LEED certified.
  • Pfeiffer is located directly to the east of Main and includes offices for faculty, development, and many of the Seminary's Centers.
  • Stead Hall, which is connected to the south side of the Main building, houses the Stead Center for Ethics and Values, the Lucy Rider Meyer Conference Room, and offices for the library.
  • Old Dorm, east of the main building, is additional housing for students.
  • Howes Chapel is directly west of Main and is set adjacent to the beautiful Shakespeare Gardens and our own prayer garden.

Off-Campus and On-Campus Parking

For Wednesday, March 14th, there will be free parking available in the large Northwestern University parking lot adjacent to Garrett-Evangelical beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Parking is an acknowledged challenge here in Evanston and on campus, but with a little planning and forethought, it is not an insurmountable problem. We currently have one gated vistor's lot on campus that you can purchase a parking pass for $8/day (cash or check only). You may pre-pay for a parking pass for Thursday, March 15th, on the registration form. Additionally, you can purchase a parking pass on March 15th, though there is a limited number of spots. You may also call as much as a week or two in advance to the front desk (847-866-3900) to make a reservation. When you come to campus you will need to go to the front desk and get a magnetic card to use to get into and out of the lot. You may come and go as many times as you want that day, but the card must be returned at the end of the day as you leave the lot the last time (slide the card into the return box on your way out). 

Should parking in the gated visitor's lot sell out, you may also purchase a Northwestern Visitor's Lot parking pass. This yellow hangtag can be purchased from our front desk for $8.50/day (cash or check only). Please note, this pass is NOT good for the big lot next to our campus; if you purchase one of these passes you must park in any of the NU visitor lots, the nearest of which is across Sheridan Road just south of Noyes Street. Other lots are further away - about a 10 minute walk back to Garrett-Evangelical.  See the Northwestern University parking maps here for more information.

If you have any questions about parking options on or near campus, please contact Rev. Paul Ortiz, director of residential ministries, by email or at 847.866.3939.

Discussion Groups

Language, Hybridity, and Race in US Latinx Communities

Given our colonized conditions under a long history of US Empire, Latinx communities in the United States have long faced racialization and subordination through language policies, attitudes, censorship, and erasure.  Despite its long historical presence in the United States, the Spanish language has been made inaudible by English Only laws, anti-bilingual education policies, and its exclusion from U.S. mainstream media.  As forms of resistance, US Latinx communities continue to engage with linguistic hybridity through the use of Spanglish, thus reaffirming their belonging in both English and Spanish and creating a third space for language and cultural identity.  This workshop will discuss both the colonized subjection of language as well as the diverse forms of resistance and reaffirmation that US Latinx engage. 

Dr. Frances AparicioWorkshop Leader: Dr. Frances Aparicio

Dr. Frances R. Aparicio is professor of Spanish and Portuguese and director of the Latina and Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University. She has previously taught at Stanford University, University of Arizona, University of Michigan, and University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include Latina and Latino literary and cultural studies, the cultural politics of U.S. Latino/a languages, Latino/a popular music and dance, literary and cultural translation, cultural hybridity, transnationalism, Latinidad, and mixed Latino/a identities. She is author of the award-winning Listening to Salsa: Gender, Latin Popular Music and Puerto Rican Cultures (Wesleyan 1998), and co-editor of various critical anthologies, including Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad (University of New England Press, 1997), Musical Migrations (Palgrave, 2003), and Hibridismos culturales (Revista Iberoamericana, 2006). A founding editor of the Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest Book Series at the University of Illinois Press, she has facilitated and fostered book publications and new research on Latino/as in the Midwest. She is currently writing on “intralatino/a subjects,” individuals who are of two or more national Latin American origins, and on Marc Anthony and salsa romantica.  

Paulo Freire and a Spirituality of Becoming

Paulo Freire’s concept of hope, his perspective in which God acts in history, and his view of utopia was significantly shaped by the thinking of Emmanuel Mounier.  That is, critical to Mounier’s thought was that the incarnation of God was not only in the person of Jesus, but also manifested in believers who work in a community in the image of love, justice, and unity.  For Freire, therefore, history is not predetermined, but rather human beings—as active subjects of history—are in a continuous state of becoming in recreating the world in which the humanization of humanity is cultivated.  To that end, in the context of Freire’s thought and work, this session explores a spirituality of becoming that grapples with the dialectical nature between humanization and dehumanization.

Dr. James KiryloWorkshop Leader: Dr. James Kirylo

Dr. James D. Kirylo is associate professor of education at the University of South Carolina. His work intersects critical pedagogy, spirituality, liberation theology, and curriculum theorizing in an effort toward advocating for a more just, equitable, and appropriate education for all.

Kirylo’s most recent book (with Drick Boyd) is titled Paulo Freire: His Faith, Spirituality, and Theology (Sense, 2017). In the foreword of the text, Ana Maria (Nita) Araújo Freire writes, “I can without fear assure that much will be learned by the reader from all three: a European-born, James; a North American, Drick; and a Brazilian from the “terras quentes” and refreshing breezes of the Nordeste, from Recife, the beloved city of my unforgettable husband Paulo who, through his genius and humility, illuminated the making of this book.”  

In addition to the writing of book chapters and numerous articles that appear in such journals as the Journal of Curriculum TheorizingJournal of Curriculum and PedagogyJournal of Research on Christian EducationPolicy Futures in Education, and Childhood Education, Kirylo’s books include Teaching with Purpose: An Inquiry into the Who, Why, and How We Teach (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), A Critical Pedagogy of Resistance:  34 Pedagogues We Need to Know (Sense, 2013), and Paulo Freire: The Man from Recife  New York (Peter Lang, 2011), among others.

Kirylo resides in Columbia, South Carolina with his wife, Anette, and two sons, Antonio and Alexander.  

Learning to Read the Bible in Collaboration with the Oppressed

This workshop will assume the Freirean concept that the oppressed have a knowledge of their own which contains in itself the roots of their own liberation. Expanding this idea into the field of biblical studies, the workshop will explore ways in which the Bible can be read in collaboration with minority groups bringing their own perspective of the world into the interpretive act. The purpose is to move from a biblical interpretation dominated by a traditional reading of the Bible to one that is more critically motivated, where the interpreter’s social location is made the privileged place of interpretation. The workshop will also explore the relationship between the biblical scholar and the lay person or, as Freire says, the teacher and the student.

Dr. Osvaldo VenaWorkshop Leader: Dr. Osvaldo Vena

Born in Azul, Argentina, on October 29, 1950, Dr. Osvaldo Vena attended the Buenos Aires Bible Institute of the Christian and Missionary Alliance from where he graduated in 1975 with a Th.B. He came to the U.S. in August of 1976 to attend Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he obtained a M.Div in 1980. During his time at Bethel he served as a minister in an independent Hispanic congregation in Minneapolis.

In 1980 he entered Princeton Theological Seminary, from where he graduated in 1981 with a Th.M. Back in Argentina he was ordained in 1985 by the Reformed Church and was appointed to serve in two different congregations of the Presbyterian Church, first as interim minister and later as senior pastor. From 1983 to 1989 he completed his Th.D. in ISEDET (Instituto Superior de Estudios Teológicos) in Buenos Aires. Invited by the Church of Scotland, he spent nine months in New College, University of Edinburgh, doing post-doctoral research.

From Scotland he came to the U.S. where he served as an interim minister in a UCC congregation in Joliet, Illinois and as a bilingual teacher in two different school districts in the Chicago area. He was called in 1995 to Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as an assistant professor of New Testament Interpretation and director of the then Center of Hispanic Ministries. He was promoted to associate professor in June of 2000 and granted tenure in October of 2001. In May of 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor.

Apart from many articles and essays, written both in English and Spanish, he has published numerous books including The Parousia and Its Rereadings. The Development of the Eschatological Consciousness in the Writings of the New Testament, Peter Lang, 2001, Apocalipsis (Revelation) (Augsburg Fortress, 2008), Evangelio de Marcos: Comentario para Exegesis y Traducción (Mark: A Commentary for Exegesis and Translation) (United Bible Societies, 2008), and Jesus, Disciple of the Kingdom. Mark’s Christology for a Community in Crisis (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2014).

About Cátedra Paulo Freire

Cátedra Paulo Freire is the first cátedra in the United States dedicated to Paulo Freire emphasizing the influence of his theoretical and practical insights to the field of theology and religious studies. Within the context of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, the Cátedra aspires to promote educational events, encourage research activities, and contribute to the enrichment of dialogue among students, faculty, religious leaders, and community members as we imagine collectively what it means to be responsible Christians in today’s contexts, while expanding and deepening our participation in today’s society as public theologians. Moreover, the Cátedra seeks to be a resource for Latino/a communities encouraging their engagement and interaction with their realities and contexts as Latino/a population in US, and at the same time enhancing their relationships with the Garrett-Evangelical community.

March 14, 2018 - March 15, 2018

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston , IL 60201

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Donaldo Macedo

Dr. Donaldo Macedo will deliver the keynote lectures at the 2018 Cátedra Paulo Freire. Macedo is a professor of English and a distinguished professor of liberal arts and education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His work with Paulo Freire broke new theoretical ground, as it helped to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which language, power, and culture contribute to the positioning and formation of human experience and learning.

Keynote Lectures

  • The Pedagogy of Justice: Understanding Freire’s Ethics Beyond Methods
  • Decolonizing Education Through Freire’s Revolutionary Praxis