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2020 Conference

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.

Who is Paulo Freire?

Paulo Freire

Paulo Reglus Neves Freire was born in Recife- Brazil, on September 19, 1921. He died on May 2, 1997 in São Paulo leaving an academic legacy as a public and social intellectual who cared deeply “for the oppressed” and “the wretched of the earth.”

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What is a Cathedra (Cátedra)?

The Latin word cathedra (which originates from the Greek word for “seat”) refers to a particular discipline that an outstanding professor teaches within an educational institution.

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Mailing Address
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 866-3871
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