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TC to Host Conference on "Education in the Americas"


On May 31-June 1, Teachers College will host the conference “Education in the Americas: Knowledges and Perspectives,” addressing the contributions of Latin America to global research and exchange.

The conference seeks to address this issue by “calling on post-colonial, indigenous, and pan-American scholars from different traditions” and by broadening “the educational conversation to include voices that have traditionally been marginalized in the United States.”

The conference is timed to coincide with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Latin American Studies Association, held in New York City.

(Click here for the full conference program.)

The conference’s keynote speakers are:

  • Alicia de Alba, researcher in theory and education at the Instituto de Investigaciones sobre la Universidad y la Educación (IISUE) in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, who will address issues of subjectivity and identity in discussing “Latin American Curriculum Today”;
  • and Elsie Rockwell Richmond, of the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ciudad de México, who will speak on “Shifting logics of schooling in Latin America: research on rural and popular education in México,” focusing on the experience of schooling in the rural and popular social sectors of society.

Panel sessions will cover a range of topics, including:

  • Privatization and inequality in higher education in Brazil
  • Education and violence in Central America
  • Forced migration and education
  • John Dewey, Mexican rural schools and the creation of a Mexican identity (focusing on three of Dewey’s TC students who helped shape Mexico’s education system)
  • Cuba’s national literacy campaign

The event was organized by a TC committee consisting of Regina Cortina, Professor of Education in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies; Daniel Friedrich, Associate Professor of Curriculum; Henry M. Levin,  William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics & Education in the Department of Education Policy & Social Analysis; Maria Paula Ghiso, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education; Jacqueline Simmons, Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching;  Nicholas Limerick, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Education; and Natalie Flores, a current Ph.D. student in the Department of Curriculum & Teaching.

Published Friday, May 27, 2016

Regina Cortina

Regina Cortina

Regina Cortina, Professor of Education