100 years of Paulo Freire: Annual Conference

About the Event

What is the Paulo Freire Initiative?

As part of Paulo Freire’s centennial celebration, Columbia University is launching the Paulo Freire Initiative.” This initiative will spearhead a series of events and projects to celebrate Freire's work — starting in the year of his centennial and continuing beyond 2021. This project is supported by Teachers College, the Lemann Center at the Institute for Latin American Studies, and the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab, all at Columbia University.

What is the Paulo Freire Centennial Conference?

Our first event will be a virtual conference to celebrate Paulo Freire's 100th birthday on December 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, 2021. Specialists in education and public policy on themes related to Paulo Freire's work and his influence in different contexts will attend this celebration.

Dec 1 - 5:00 - 6:00 pm EST (New York time) / 19:00 - 20:00 BRT (Brasília time)
Paulo Freire: 100 years of a revolutionary thinker
Theme: How did Paulo Freire influence education in Brazil and in the world, and why was he a revolutionary thinker?
Moderator: Alexandre Schneider

Dec 2 - 5:00 - 6:00 pm EST (New York time) / 19:00 - 20:00 BRT (Brasília time)
Paulo Freire around the world
Theme: Freire's impact in education around the globe, and how his ideas are still being reinvented in different countries.
Moderator: Mariana Souto-Manning (Erikson Institute, USA)
Participants: N'Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba (Cornell University, USA) and Luiza Cortesão (University of Porto, Portugal)

Dec 7 - 5:00 - 6:00 pm EST (New York time) / 19:00 - 20:30 BRT (Brasília time)
Paulo Freire and his generative ideas
Theme: How have Paulo Freire’s ideas impacted educational research and practice?
Moderator: Sonya Horsford (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA)
Participants: Gloria Ladson-Billings (University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA), Carlos Alberto Torres (UCLA, USA), Leoncio Soares (UFMG, Brazil)

Dec 8 - 5:00 - 6:00 pm EST (New York time) / 19:00 - 20:30 (Brasília time)
Paulo Freire in the Arts and Culture
Theme: How to re-read Paulo Freire's work in the world of Art and Culture
Moderators: Students participating in the Paulo Freire Initiative at Columbia University, USA
Participants: Sergio Vaz (poet, Brazil); Cristiano Burlan (film director, Brazil

Dec 9 - 5:00 - 6:30 pm EST (New York time) / 19:00 - 20:30 (Brasília time)
Paulo Freire and his impact in the US
Theme: How US-based scholars have studied Freire's work, and how he has been reinvented in the US?
Moderator: Paulo Blikstein (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA)
Participants: Mariana Souto-Manning (Erikson Institute), Carol Benson (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA), Gita Steiner-Khamsi (Teachers College, Columbia University, USA)


Gilberto Gil

Fernando Haddad

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings

Alexandre Scheneider

Dr. N'Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba

Dr. Sonya Horsford

Carlos Alberto Torres

Luisa Cortesão

Leôncio Soares

Paulo Blikstein

Paulo Blikstein

Carol Benson Bio Picture

Carol Benson

Gita Steiner-Khamsi

Sergio Vaz


Cristiano Burlan

Schedule of Events

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