Friday, November 4 Keynote:

Michael W. Apple

“Educational Realities and the Tasks of the Critical Scholar/Activist”

MichaelApplephotoMichael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He also holds Distinguished Professor appointments at the University of London, the University of Manchester and at universities in China. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past-president of a teachers union, he has worked with progressive educational systems, governments, universities, unions, and activist and dissident groups throughout the world to democratize educational research, policy, and practice.

Professor Apple has written extensively on the politics of educational reform, on the relationship between culture and power, and on education for social justice. Among his most recent books are Knowledge, Power, and Education; Can Education Change Society?; and The Strong State and Curriculum Reform. His books and articles have won numerous awards and have been translated into many languages.

Professor Apple has been selected as one of the fifty most important educational scholars in the 20th Century. His books Ideology and Curriculum and Official Knowledge were also selected as two of the most significant books on education in the 20th Century.

He has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Educational Research Association, the UCLA Medal for “Outstanding Academic Achievement,” and a number of honorary doctorates by universities throughout the world.

Professor Apple has worked on educational reform, lectured, and taught in a considerable number of countries throughout the world, where his material has been extremely influential in the development of more socially critical and democratic educational policies and practices.

Saturday, November 5 Closing Keynote:

Ira Shor

“The Long War on Public Education: Where it Began, Where it is, Where it Ends”

ira shorIra Shor has a dual appointment at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, in the English PhD Program and in the Urban Education PhD Program. He also is on the English faculty at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. At the Graduate Center, Shor started the new doctorate in Rhetoric/Composition in 1993, where he directs dissertations and offers seminars in literacy, critical pedagogy, whiteness studies, rhetoric in society, and composition theory and practice. In the Urban Education PhD Program, Shor offers seminars in Freirean pedagogy and education policy. At the College of Staten Island/CUNY, he teaches first-year composition.

Shor’s 9 published books include a 3-volume set in honor of the late Paulo Freire, the world-famous Brazilian educator who died in 1997: CRITICAL LITERACY IN ACTION (college language arts) and EDUCATION IS POLITICS (Vol 1, k-12, and Vol. 2, Postsecondary Across the Curriculum). Shor and Freire co-authored A PEDAGOGY FOR LIBERATION in 1986, the first “talking” book Freire published with a collaborator. That book with Freire has been published in the UK and Australia as well as in the U.S., and has been translated into Portuguese, Hebrew, Greek and Chinese editions. Shor also authored the widely used EMPOWERING EDUCATION (1992) and WHEN STUDENTS HAVE POWER (1996), two foundational texts in critical teaching. His CRITICAL TEACHING AND EVERYDAY LIFE (1980)was the first book-length treatment of critical methods for North American classrooms using the work of Freire. That book grew out of Shor’s literacy teaching for Open Admission students in the City University in the 1970s, where he helped build an experimental open-access writing program recognized nationally by the NCTE as one of three successful efforts in higher education for non-elite students.

After graduating the Bronx High School of Science in 1962, Shor attended the University of Michigan (BA, English, 1966), then the University of Wisconsin (MA, 1968, and PhD, 1971). He has lectured widely around the country.