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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.
Dr. Débora Junker is the Director of the Hispanic-Latinx Center, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of International Student Life at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in education and congregational studies from Garrett-Evangelical; she also holds a Master of Arts in Christian education from Christian Theological Seminary and a Master in Religious Science (practical theology) degree from the Methodist University of São Paulo - Brazil. She also received post-graduate specialization in the psychopedagogy of early childhood and adolescence from the Methodist Institute of Higher Education of São Paulo – Brazil and a licentiate in letters from the Methodist Institute of Higher Education of São Paulo – Brazil. Junker has published numerous articles, chapters, and books in the field of Christian education. She is currently working on a new book, Religious Education for Global Citizenship: Embracing Compassion and Solidarity.