Category Archives: Richard Kahn

Education for Global Citizenship: An Interview with Carlos Alberto Torres: Part 2:

In Part 2 Torres talks about the origins and work of the UCLA Paulo Freire Institute in social justice education. He discusses his many influences (Gramsci, Marx, liberation theology, Alves, Dussell, Habermas, Bourdieu, Illich, Rawls, Dewey, Gadotti, to name a few), and the new theoretical directions of his graduate students in ecopedagogies and anarchist pedagogies.

From his discipline of the sociology of education, Torres exposes the dilemmas of global citizenship, and the role institutions of higher education play in perpetuating the status quo. In a meeting with Freire soon before his death, Freire gave Torres a second mantra: “We have to confront neoliberalism as the new demon of our times.” Torres shares with us ways to head this call to equity, empowerment, and freedom.

Ecopedagogies: Resources

The Green Seminary Initiative: http://www.greenseminaries.org/

GreenFaith: http://www.greenfaith.org

The Center for Spirituality in Nature: http://www.centerforspiritualityinnature.org/

The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology: http://fore.yale.edu/about-us/

Methodist School of Theology in Ohio Ecotheology Program: https://www.mtso.edu/ecotheology/

Seminary Hill Farm: https://www.seminaryhillfarm.org/

The Earth Charter: www.earthcharter.org

 Green Theory & Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy: http://greentheoryandpraxisjournal.org/

 Kahn, Richard. 2010. Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy, and Planetary Crisis. New York: Peter Lang.

Kearns, Laurel and Catherine Keller. 2007. Ecospirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth. New York: Fordham University Press.

Sobel, David. 2004. Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities. Barrington, MA: Orion.