Carlos Alberto Torres: International Scholarship Recognized with CIES Honorary Fellowship  

UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education serves on AERA International Committee, leads the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA.

Carlos Alberto Torres, UCLA Distinguished Professor and the inaugural UNESCO Chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship, will deliver his perspectives on “UN SDGs and Fostering GCED,” during the preliminary workshop for the first year of Global Citizenship Education Curriculum Development and Integration, which will be held March 19-22 in Seoul at the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), a UNESCO Category 2 Centre. The workshop will be the most significant international event for curriculum and instruction in global citizenship education, second only to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

While in Korea, Torres will also lecture at Seoul National University on Global Citizenship Education. The event heralds the launch of Global Commons Review, a new journal published by Torres’ UNESCO chair position and the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA.

On March 21, Professor Torres will speak at the National Taipei University of Education on “Global Citizenship Education: Research Agendas and the Responsibilities of Education.” On March 22, he and Massimiliano Tarozzi of the University of Bologna and the University of London will discuss their 2016 book, “Global Citizenship Education and the Crises of Multiculturalism: Comparative Perspectives,” in Taipei, Taiwan at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU).  The book has been translated into Chinese by The NCTU Center on Global Citizenship Education. Many scholars from Taiwan and mainland China will participate as discussants.

The following week, Torres and UCLA lecturer Ana Elvira Steinbach Torres, Ph.D. will speak at East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai. Professor Torres, who is a Distinguished Professor at ECNU, will discuss “The Challenge of Multicultural Education in the Globalized World,” on March 26, 9 a.m. in the Yifu Building. Steinbach Torres will present “Research on Paulo Freire in U.S. and the World” at the Institute of International & Comparative Education,” on March 27, at 9 a.m. in the Liberal Arts Building, Room 1522.

Professor Torres will announce a new series on “Critical Global Citizenship Education” that he is editing for Routledge, Taylor and Francis. The founder of the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA, Torres will also announce details of the institute’s 13th International Institute, which will take place this summer, July 11 to August 1 at UCLA.

In April, Torres will be honored with an Honorary Fellowship, the highest honor from the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), at the organization’s annual meeting, in San Francisco. Professor Torres served as President of CIES in 1997, joining UCLA colleagues Thomas LaBelle (1980), John Hawkins (1984), and Val Rust (1990). Torres was also President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (2013-2016). He is a current member of the AERA International Committee and during this three-year appointment assists with presenting the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), which will take place this year in Toronto, April 5-9.

Torres says that the international perspective of this year’s AERA meeting, with its theme of “Leveraging Education Research in a “Post-Truth” Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence,” puts a spotlight on “the paradoxes of multiple globalization processes” throughout the world.

“We cannot any longer discuss the crises of education, or the crises of [United States] culture in the age of global authoritarian populism as if they were exclusively part of American exceptionalism,” he says. “For a long time the U.S. has been considered the center of the universe as predicated by American exceptionalism… holding the United States as unique among nations, as the leader of the Western World, and the example of democracy and personal freedom. Trumpism, by its very nature, rhetoric and practice has debunked this ideology.

“Despite my appreciation for the insights of Tip O’Neill that ‘all politics are local,’ the new dynamics in the world system, and particularly the political economy of globalization, show that even if politics are local, the world outside our own borders matter a great deal,” notes Torres. “The U.S. cannot become an anti-globalizing, endogamic society. So, we should not be surprised that the topics of the AERA-Toronto meeting is a topic that has become rather universal. The dynamics of the post-truth era present a most important challenge to scientific thinking, democratic culture, the nature of rationality in our political discourses and, I am afraid the moral texture of our democratic societies.”