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SIGNIS to take part in online celebration of Paulo Freire birth centennial

Join SIGNIS Correspondent Xavier Carbonell and SIGNIS Vice President Lawrence John Sinniah in celebrating the birth centennial of the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire by attending “Paulo Freire centennial – 7 talks in preparation for the next 100 years”, an online event organized by the Institute for Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London.

The celebration includes seven 60-minute talks, two Plenaries, and five Global Exchanges exploring themes such as dialogue, love, empathy, hope and humility. Xavier Carbonell and Lawrence John Sinniah will be taking part in the talk about Freire’s love principle that will take place on March 15th, at 1 pm (London time). Together, they will also talk about their experience of the Laudato Si’ Programme in Compassion and Social Communication, the result of a partnership between our Association and the  Xavier University of Bhubaneswar (XUB).

Click here to sign up. Please note that registration is required and spaces are limited.  The live talks will be available only for participants, and edited versions will be available in open access afterwards.

About the event

Large creative initiatives to tackle complex problems depend on daring to think long term. The unpredictability of the future, challenged by pandemics, climate change, social and political instabilities, on the top of longstanding and increasing regimes of inequalities across the globe, suggests that we need to build and strengthen human capacities that go beyond reaching efficiency. Dealing with threats requires resilience and solidarity.

This cycle celebrates the centennial of the birth of Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire (1921-1997), and, inspired by his works, invites radical thinking and political imagination. Freire’s ‘ontological call’ is associated with five principles, those of humility, empathy, love, hope and dialogue (Freire, 2017, p. 33), which he presented as the spirit of one of his main referential works, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, originally published in 1968. These principles were developed by Freire in different degrees and forms throughout his works, and they also served as inspiration for many thinkers and practitioners all over the world. Can they serve as seminal inspiration for creatively devising the next 100 years?


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