Annual CAFÉ Conference Celebrates Freirean Principles of Education, April 12-13

The conference will feature talks by GSE&IS students and international scholars who embrace the theories of educator-activist Paulo Freire.

The annual conference of the Californian Association of Freirean Educators (CAFÉ) will take place on April 12-13 in Moore Hall. The theme of this year’s conference is
“Education as Critical Consciousness,” which will be presented by students in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) and visiting scholars from international schools and institutions that embrace the theories and pedagogy of Brazilian educator and activist Paulo Freire.

CAFÉ is an UCLA-registered student group, composed of undergrad and graduate students, and working in partnership with UCLA’s Paulo Freire Institute.

“‘Education as Critical Consciousness’ highlights Freire’s holistic vision of education as a constant process of developing the consciousness needed to perceive and intervene in one’s environment,” says Dr. Carlos Torres, PFI’s director and a professor in the Social Science and Comparative Education Division. “As societies across the globe struggle with issues of access, standardization, and assessment in their school systems, Freire’s social justice view of education is increasingly endangered by technocratic and bureaucratic recipes. Yet literacy and knowledge are much bigger ideals than acquiring mechanical skill sets.

PFI Director and Professor of Education Carlos Torres

“Freirean philosophy urges educators to struggle against narrow, mechanistic forms of schooling. Freirean pedagogy encourages educators to embrace dialogue, unifinishedness, contestation, and love in their approach to instruction and also, in their own process of reading the word and reading the world.”

Keynote presentations by GSE&IS faculty include “Media Spectacle and Insurrection, 2011:  From the Arab Uprisings to Occupy Everywhere” by Professor Douglas Kellner, the George Kneller Chair of Philosophy of Education and Distinguished Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education (SSCE); “A ‘Rightful Place”: Contesting Discources of Disability in Indigenous Language Education and Reclamation” by Professor Teresa McCarty, the George Kneller Chair in Education and Anthropology; and Professor of Education Sandra Harding, who will speak about and sign her book, “Standpoint as Critical Methodology and Pedagogy.”

For a full schedule of events at CAFÉ, click here.

To register to attend and for more information on the CAFÉ Conference, click here, or contact cafeconference2013@gmail.com.