Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

hooks-Freire Series

 

 graphic with photos of bell hooks and paulo freire and the words

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 2023 Series is layed out as follows:

  • Book Club - Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
  • Film - Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau
  • Keynote

For more information on each component of the series, visit their specific drop-downs below. 

 

All sessions for the book club will be hyflex, meaning it will be available both virtually and in-person. 

 

We will host two book discussions for Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks:

  • January 25 from 12:15pm-1:30pm, Location TBD
  • February 2 from 12:00pm-1:15pm, Location TBD

This event is a combination of our Anti-Oppressive Film Series and the hooks-Freire Pedagogy of Justice Series. The event will be hyflex, meaning it will be available both virtually and in-person.

 

Pipeline is a 2017 play written by Dominique Morisseau. It originally opened off-Broadway on July 10, 2017, and closed on August 27, 2017. Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? Watch the trailer at this clickable link!

 

Friday, February 10th,  2:00pm - 5:00pm, In-person Location TBD
Post-film discussion: 3:45pm - 5pm
Find the asynchronous Film Link here. 

FCIP's second annual hooks-Freire Pedagogy of Justice Series features a keynote address and conversation. This series was created to commemorate bell hooks' and Paulo Freire’s continued and inspired contribution to many fields, including justice-oriented and values-based teaching. Loyola scholars, educators, and learners are invited to share their experiences with and knowledge of liberatory 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 pedagogical innovation in the direction of equity, justice, and freedom.

 
belle hooks' and Paulo Freire's work uplifted critical themes of social justice in education, which resonate deeply with Loyola's own Jesuit heritage. We are seeking a keynote speaker who could address their experiences, knowledge, research or reflections around the educational impact of these key themes from hooks and Freire's work: humility, empathy, love, hope, dialogue, and liberation.

Can you recommend a Loyola faculty or staff colleague, student, or community member who can speak to the liberatory nature of education, incorporating one or more of these themes? (Self-nominations ARE welcome.)

We are looking for someone to offer an address, presentation or discussion, someone with a compelling story to tell about: their own experiences as a student or instructor, the context or praxis of learning that welcomes liberation and transformation, how/why education is freeing, or any other reflective, thought-provoking discussion of the themes above.

PROCESS DETAILS:
--The hooks-Freire Keynote will take place on March 30th, 2023, from 4:00pm-5:30pm.
--Keynote nominees will be contacted by the FCIP staff to confirm interest in the opportunity and solicit an outline of proposed remarks.
--The FCIP team will consider all proposed remarks and select a keynote speaker or speakers. We are looking for speakers with diverse educational and personal experiences who can thoroughly and compellingly address themes of the hooks-Freire series: humility, empathy, love, hope, dialogue and/or liberation in education.
--Keynote speaker(s) will receive $250 honorarium each.

A for Angicos (2016, dir. Catherine Murphy), courtesy of HotHouse Global

The Pedagogy of the Oppressed, courtesy of the Environmental Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz

 

View past keynote addresses