Oct 7-9 Education in a Globalized World: Equity, Diversity and Civic Participation, Annual Roundtable

22nd Annual International Roundtable


7-10 October 2015
Knowledge emerges only through invention, and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.  ~Paulo Freire
The 2015 Macalester International Roundtable (IRT) will seek to better understand disparities in education. We will explore opportunities for closing the education gap(s) through discussion of emerging innovations and socio-political and cultural platforms that promise to improve the delivery of, diversity of and access to education. The IRT will consider local, national and international perspectives on education and learning in the context of globalization.
Please join us as we deepen our participation in the challenging task of overcoming disparities in education locally, nationally and internationally:
  1. Equity and diversity
    Consider social, cultural, political, economic and geographic barriers to quality education locally, domestically and in nations around the world. Seek to understand how socio-economic determinants (e.g. race, class, ethnicity, language, gender and disability) limit access to quality education in the humanities and the arts, social sciences, civic participation, natural sciences, mathematics and technology.
  2. Teaching and learning
    Explore models, innovations, and best practices—including formal and informal, state supported and privately funded, indigenous and community-based—aimed at reducing educational disparities in a globalized world. 
  3. Political voice and policy
    Explore the complex dynamics  that limit or give voice to the many stakeholders in education. Consider the complementary and often conflicting positions of educators, students, families, citizens, advocacy groups, and communities as they work to shape global systems. Seek to understand how they interact with transnational corporations, NGOs, international agencies, foundations, and all levels of government—in advancing education for all.
Plenary sessions, student-led workshops, and engagement with various Twin Cities communities will explore a multitude of themes. All events free and open to the public.
For more information please contact Karla Nagy at .
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