Learning and Liberation: Making Ourselves Anew




Natural Sciences Building Rm.1001

Although formal schooling seeks, and regularly achieves in producing stratified achievement, learning is a far more elusive, quixotic, and at times fugitive practice. In this talk, Dr. Leigh Patel will connect the relationship between study and struggle, between learning and liberation. With historical and contemporary examples of the ways that social movements deliberately engaged in study and learning, Dr. Patel will distinguish between what formal schooling demands and argue for a stewardship of learning.

Dr. Patel is a researcher, educator, and writer. With a background in sociology, she researches and teaches about education as a site of social reproduction and as a potential site for transformation. She is Professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside, and works extensively with recently immigrated youth and teacher activists. Prior to working in the academy, Professor Patel was a journalist, a teacher, and a state-level policymaker. Across all of these experiences, her focus has been on the ways that education structures opportunities in society, and her daily work has been with youth who are marginalized through those structures.

This event is free and open to the public.