Latin American Philosophy of Education Society ☆

| October 29, 2013

What is Latin American philosophy of education?

That’s the theme of a symposium scheduled for November 1st and 2nd at Teachers College.

“It’s a genuine question,” explained Ph.D. candidate Jason Wozniak. “We’re not out to define the answer.”

The symposium was organized by the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society (LAPES), a student group affiliated with Columbia University and Teachers College. According to the organization’s website, the mission of LAPES is to introduce Latin American philosophies of education to a United States audience in the belief that the study of such philosophies allows for the expansion of conceptions of education and the development of strategies for improving educational practices in the U.S.

Wozniak, one of the co-founders of LAPES and a co-organizer of the symposium, explained that the goal of the event is to bring attention to an area of educational philosophy that is often overlooked.

“There’s been a lack of exposure to Latin American philosophies of education [in the United States],” he said. “We want to open this discourse.”

The two-day LAPES symposium features four speakers: Samuel Rocha, assistant professor in the educational foundations and research graduate program at the University of North Dakota; Eduardo Mendieta, professor of philosophy and chair of the department of philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook; Linda Martín Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center; and Maximiliano Valerio López, professor in the faculty of education at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil.

Each speaker will be allotted two hours: one hour for paper delivery and one hour for interactive discussion. Papers from the symposium will be included in the first issue of Lápiz, the official journal of LAPES. The journal will be published next year, in the late summer or early fall.

Participants in the LAPES symposium were invited through personal contacts, explained Wozniak. He said that funding posed a limitation, but the symposium’s organizers are grateful for the financial support they received from Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER).

Registration for the symposium is free and open to anyone. Walk-ins on the day of the conference are also encouraged. Wozniak explained that the symposium hopes to attract a wide audience, from K-12 instructors to university students to scholars from diverse fields.

To register, or to find more information, go to program2 (2)

Contributed by Shelby Martin