In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of pedagogical visionary, Paulo Freire (1921-1997), Loyola’s Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (FCIP) is pleased to announce Loyola’s Inaugural Freire Series on the Pedagogy of Justice.
One of Freire’s seminal works, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968), illuminated the spirit of Freire’s ontological view on the truth of the human condition. This view can be described by five core principles: humility, empathy, love, hope and dialogue (Freire, 2017, p. 33). These principles were explored and shared by Freire throughout his works and have inspired many thinkers and practitioners around the world.
FCIP’s work is reflective of Freire’s commitment to a liberatory education imbued with the wisdom and experience of everyone involved in the educational endeavor, particularly those on the margins who are often left out of academia. We seek to honor his legacy, which aligns with FCIP’s own mission, to support Loyola instructors in delivering an honest, accessible, and mutually transformative education for our students.
To commemorate Freire’s inspired contribution to many fields, including justice-oriented and values-based teaching, these themes shall guide the Freire Series. Each year, Loyola scholars, educators and learners will be invited to share their experiences with and knowledge of justice-oriented and values-based teaching and learning, with emphasis on the lenses of humility, empathy, love, hope and dialogue. This series will contribute to the on-going, global work to inspire the next 100 years of pedagogical innovation in the direction of equity, justice, and freedom.
The 2022 Series is concluded, but there are still ways to engage:
Check out some resources below including the documentary A for Angicos, about Freire's early work in Brazil, and Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which is freely available, courtesy of the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Recording to be posted soon!
2022 Keynote Lecture: Paulo Freire and Black Feminist Pedagogy
Sydney Curtis, Ph.D. Candidate, Loyola University Chicago School of Education
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Sydney Curtis (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago (LUC). Her scholarship explores the relationship between spirituality, social justice, Black feminism, and critical pedagogies. She also works at the University of Chicago as Associate Director for Learning Design. Sydney earned an M.Ed. in Higher Education from LUC in 2018 and a B.S. in Athletic Training from Texas State University in 2016.
Introductory Comments and Guided Discussion
Lillianna Carrera, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral scholar at Texas State University in the Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies
Lillianna Franco Carrera is a PhD graduate of the higher education program at Loyola University Chicago. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Texas State University in the Department of Organization, Workforce, and Leadership Studies where her research is focused on the equity in STEM+C access, education, and workforce development.