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National activist and educator speaks to public during two-day conference on learning communities

Educator, author and human rights activist bell hooks will speak about her newest book, "Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope," in the Savannah Auditorium at Indiana University Northwest on Saturday, March 26 at 9 a.m.

Books will be available for signing.

Poor, black and female—hooks attended segregated grade schools and discovered the liberation pedagogy of Paulo Freire while an undergraduate at Stanford University. Her life’s work has been about developing a teaching method integrating "anticolonial, critical and feminist pedagogues," She has authored more than 20 books and is a former professor of English at City College in New York.

The second public event, which takes place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Savannah Auditorium, is the original theatre production, "Women of Heart and Steel," a play celebrating women involved in social change, sponsored by the Illinois Women’s History Association. It will tell the stories of Sylvia Woods (African American Communist CIO Organizer), Alice Puerala (first woman president of a basic steel local) and Dolores Huerta (a great sister who never stops fighting).

The discussion and play are two free events taking place during a two-day conference entitled, "Building Learning Communities Engaged in Social Change: A Conversation for Activists and Educators." Participants will work with other educators and students to look at merging traditional college programs with community-based learning centered approach. They will also explore and share different teaching approaches and learning experiences. The conference will encourage critical dialogue on adult and worker education for social change.

Students, faculty and staff from many institutions, popular educators from Canada and Brazil and a cast of educators from University of Michigan are already signed up. The cost for the conference (including meals) is $75.

Pre-registration before March 18 is required. To register, please call (219) 981-4259.

Roundtables will feature discussion about:

Centering anti-oppression education in all our programs Too much to cover: Addressing content-process tensions How do we know it’s working? Approaches for evaluating learning Balancing short-term organizational needs with long-term movement-building goals Globalization—linking the local to the global everyday Popular Education: What it is and how it works Create your own topic for discussion

Prior to the conference, participants can take a guided tour of Inland Steel’s rolling mills and grab a catered lunch at the Joblink, the Bernard Kleiman Education Center for USWA local 1010 & Inland/Ispat. This tour will give guests a chance to talk with faculty, staff and students of IU Northwest’s Swingshift College. The cost is $25 per person and will begin at the university at 9 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

ALSO! For anyone pursing a college degree, participation in this conference can be taken for college credit from IU Northwest. The course will include readings from bell hooks and an analysis of the conversations and presentations.

In-state tuition for a one-credit course at the university costs $168, which includes registration and fees. The conference fee is waived for students taking the course for credit. The registration deadline is March 18.

For more information, please call Swingshift College at (219) 981-4259. Or visit them on the web at:



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Kim Kintz
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