Carlos Alberto Torres: New Books on Paulo Freire Launched in England and Brazil

Dr. Torres directs the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA and is the principal biographer of the Brazilian philosopher and critical social theorist.

Distinguished Professor of Education and Associate Dean for Global Program Carlos Alberto Torres launched his new book, “The First Freire: Early Writings in Social Justice Education” (New York: Teachers College Press. 2014, Print) on June 6 at the University of Roehampton in London. In addition, the Paulo Freire Institute – United Kingdom (PFI-UK) was reestablished at Roehampton.

Originally launched as the London Paulo Freire Institute in 2010, PFI-UK has engaged researchers, teachers, and activists from across Britain. Torres serves as the institute’s international co-director with Penny Jane Burke, professor of education at Roehampton. At the event, Torres delivered a keynote based on “The First Freire.”

Torres also launched another book, “Dialogue and Educational Praxis – A Critical Reading of Paulo Freire” (São Paulo: Edições Loyola, 2014. Print), on June 30 at the Livraria Cultura in Recife, Brazil. The volume is a reissue of Torres’s original 1979 texts, “Conscience and History – The Educational Praxis of Paulo Freire,” “Dialogue with Paulo Freire,” and “Critical Reading of Paulo Freire.” The new edition includes forewords by Brazilian luminaries including Moacir Gadotti, director of the Instituto Paulo Freire in São Paulo; Luiza Erundina, former mayor of São Paulo; and Mario Sergio Cortella, philosopher and educator.

Brazilian philosopher and critical social theorist Paulo Freire (at far right) visited UCLA's Latin American Center (now the Latin American Institute) in 1991. L-R: Carlos Alberto Torres, UCLA professor of education; Moacir Gadotti, founding executive director, Paulo Freire Institute, São Paulo; the late Norris Hundley, UCLA professor of history and director, UCLA LAC; and Freire. Courtesy of Camila Téo, Instituto Paulo Freire
Brazilian philosopher and critical social theorist Paulo Freire (at far right) visited UCLA’s Latin American Center (now the Latin American Institute) in 1991. L-R: Carlos Alberto Torres, UCLA professor of education; Moacir Gadotti, founding executive director, Paulo Freire Institute, São Paulo; the late Norris Hundley, UCLA professor of history and director, UCLA LAC; and Freire. Courtesy of Camila Téo, Instituto Paulo Freire

Having recently visited Brazil during World Cup season, Torres says that the response to “Dialogue and Educational Praxis” has been very positive. He has since been invited to launch “Dialogue and Educational Praxis” in São Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul in August, and to lecture at the University of Pernambuco at the end of the year on the research agenda of this book. The University of Pernambuco in Recife is Freire’s alma mater, and he served as director of the Faculty of Extension, which experimented with literacy training in the 1950s.

An expert on Latin American education and the effects of globalization on K-12 and higher education, Torres is a leading authority on Latin American Studies. He is the principal biographer of Brazilian philosopher and critical social theorist Paulo Freire, founding director of the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA, and co-founder of the International Paulo Freire Institute Network, which includes colleagues and institutions in more than 90 countries throughout North America, South America, and Europe. Each PFI develops and administers independent programs in addition to contributing to the international network through the virtual Paulo Freire University (UNIFREIRE) and the International Meeting of the Paulo Freire Forum, which has been held bi-annually since 1998. In addition, Torres is president of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES).

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