What is the Paulo Freire Initiative? 

As part of Paulo Freire’s centennial celebration, Columbia University is launching the Paulo Freire InitiativeThis 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. Invited scholars, artists, and policymakers will talk about Freire’s foundational influence, legacy, and future. Through five panel discussions, the event seeks to promote dialogue about education, social justice, structural inequalities, emancipation, art, and other topics related to Freire’s work. Discussions will take place from a multidisciplinary and global perspective, with participants from around the world.

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