Social Action Speaker Series with labor, immigration, and social historian, Gary Kaunonen

Lecture details

Wednesday, April 23
Noon – 1 p.m.
Harned Hall, room 110

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Aaron Goings

EduAnarchy in Theory and Practice: Social Justice Pedagogy from the Catholic Worker Movement to Today

Department overviewHistory (M., m.)Political science (M., m.) International relations (m.) Social Action Speaker Series

Social justice is not just a model or theory. It is a behavior, an ethic, and a call to action. Education has the opportunity to be one of the most powerful forces for social justice, but is often mired in traditional forms of class-based pedagogy. This presentation will trace the historical roots of several pedagogical movements affiliated with social justice including the Catholic Worker Movement, Paulo Feire's Pedagogy of the Opressed, the Escula Moderna/Modern School Movement, a Finnish immigrant labor college, B.F. Skinner's Walden Two, and Ken Robinson's "Changing Educational Paradigms." This historical scaffolding will provide the context for the introduction of a new pedagogical perspective that centers on social justice as the ethic for an egalitarian-seeking, transformative education: EduAnarchy in Theory and Practice.

Gary Kaunonen is a labor, immigration, and social historian with a Masters in Industrial History and Archaeology from Michigan Tech. Previously he worked as Archivist at the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Michigan. Currently, he is a PhD student in Michigan Tech’s Rhetoric and Technical Communication program. Kaunonen has authored or co-authored three books on Finnish American and labor history. He is also a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) IU 620.

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