'The Practice of Freedom'. Latin American Cultural Week (LACW)
London, May 2010. The aim of the Latin American Cultural Week (LACW) is to bring together artists, IoE students and the general public in a Latin American event produced by artists. The theme of the event is 'The Practice of Freedom', inspired by the work of the Brazilian pedagogue and educational theorist Paulo Freire.
Paulo Freire is possibly the most known Latin American educator. His ideas, originated in his work in adult literacy, involved a political enterprise, particularly at a time in which voting in Brazil required being literate. He worked in Brazil, Chile, and other countries during his exile, and his influence has expanded beyond the geographical limits of Latin America, inspiring what has been called ‘critical pedagogy’.
The LACW was held from Monday 17th May until Friday 21th May, at the Institute of Education (IOE) Student's Union, gallery space S13 and S16 (20 Bedford Way, WC1H OAL, see map), presenting visual arts and performances daily, free of charge.
The LACW is part of the London Biennale, and is organised by RE:LACS (Latin American Cultural Society) with support from the Institute of Education (IOE), the IOE Student's Union, the embassies of Mexico, Peru and Brasil, ACALASP (Latin American, Spain and Portugal cultural attaches) and Cerveza Corona.
'Global policy networks and the neo-liberal curriculum: educational change in Brazil' by Professor Stephen J. Ball
London, Mar.2010. The seminar 'Global Policy Networks and Neo-liberal Curriculum: Educational Change in Brazil' was held on 16th Marchat the Institute of Education, University of London (20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H OAL)
The seminar was deliverd by Professor Stephen J. Ball, from the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at the Institute of Education. Professor Ball is a distinguished researcher in the field of educational policy in the international context. His work addresses issues such as Politics and Policy-making in Education, Education markets and social exclusion, the role of the State and the Privatization of Education, and lately he has been involved in research looking into the relationship of Philantropy and Educational Policy.
The seminar counted with the presence of many academics and postgraduate students and it was hosted by Dr. Analía Meo, ESRC Post Doctoral fellow at IOE.
Seminar: "Education and Exclusion: Secondary school students’ expectations in an Argentinean ‘villa miseria’"
London, Feb.2010. The February seminar covered a delicate topic for Latin America, addressing the issue of education and exlusion in Argentina. The work was presented by Pablo Del Monte, MA in Sociology of Education from Institute of Education from Buenos Aires, Argentina, by videoconference
The work explored the experience of youngsters from Villa Miserias in Buenos Aires, discussing their plans, ideals and hopes about life after graduation at secondary school, focusing on their perception about higher education and the meaning given to it.
"Una vez, un país" Play reading at the IoE Students' Union
London, Jan.2010. RELACS organised a Play Reading called "Una vez, un país", from the mexican author Juan Solari. The event will took place at Institute of Education Students' Union, 20 Bedford Way (WC1H 0AL) The Reading was directed by the author and he invited the participants to develop creativetly and become one of its characters. The play related to the mexican history and it was written in Spanish.
Seminar: "The Landless Movement and Popular Higher Education in Brazil".
London, Jan.2010. This seminar was the first of 2010 for LAPE and it was delivered by Sandra Gadelha de Carvalho, from the State University of Ceará, Brazil, assisted by Dr. Tristan McGowan from the Department of Educationa and International Development, Institute of Education.
The seminar discussed the experience of the Landless Movement in Brazil (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra - MST), the largest of Latinamerica, and their role in Brazilian higher education with the University of Popular Movements in Sao Paulo.