UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship honored for scholarship in political sociology of education.
Carlos Alberto Torres, UCLA professor of education and UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship, Professor Torres was honored with a Research Leadership Award – Global Issues by the Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI). The award honors the contributions of an educator to research in the field of global issues and/or education and their conducting and publishing of research that focuses on global issues and education.
Torres is the former director of the UCLA-Latin American Center, and has been a visiting professor at universities throughout the world. In 2015, he was honored as the inaugural UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship.
Torres, who is a UCLA Distinguished Professor of Education in the Division of Social Sciences and Comparative Education, is the founding director of the Paulo Freire Institute in São Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and at UCLA. He is the 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.
Torres is the author of 70 books including “Dialogue and Educational Praxis – A Critical Reading of Paulo Freire” (São Paulo: Edições Loyola, 2014. Print), and co-editor of “Comparative Education: The Dialectic of the Global and the Local” (With R. Arnove, S. Franz, eds. 4th ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013).
On May 2, as part of a bicentenary celebration of Karl Marx at Friedrick Schiler University Jena Torres delivered the keynote for the inauguration of Benno Werlen, the 12th UNESCO Chair in Understanding for Sustainability. Friedrick Schiler University Jena is one of the ten oldest universities in Germany, and was founded in 1558; Marx was one of its most notable alumni.