Faculty of Education’s Summer Institute Colloquium set to go

Four speakers from as far as Italy and Germany will be speaking about their area of research and expertise at the Faculty of Education’s Graduate Program in Education Summer Institute Colloquium at York.

The first session will take place Monday, July 20, followed by a light lunch, and the second on Thursday, Aug. 6, both in the Winters Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College, Keele campus.

Magda Lewis (left) of Queen’s University will speak from 11:30am to noon on July 20. Lewis completed her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Since 1989, when she was appointed a Queen’s National Scholar, she has been teaching in the graduate and undergraduate programs of the Faculty of Education. Cross-appointed to the Department of Women’s Studies at Queen’s, Lewis’s research and teaching interests are in cultural studies, feminist and critical social theory, qualitative research methods and methodologies, critical pedagogy, social class, race, gender and sexuality in education and schooling contexts, and more recently, the commodification of knowledge, education and schooling on a global scale. Her research and teaching commitments are to making marginality visible and social transformation possible.

Agostino Portera (left) will speak from noon to 12:30pm on July 20. He is a professor of intercultural education and director of the Department of Educational Science, as well as head of the Centre for Intercultural Studies at the University of Verona in Italy. Portera has published seven books on immigration, identity, intercultural education and intercultural competence, including his latest book Globalizzazione e pedagogia interculturale (Globalization and Intercultural Education) (Erickson, 2006), which deals with opportunities of intervention in schools. Portera studied psychology in Rome and completed his PhD in education at the University of Freiburg in Germany.  He is a member of the board of the International Association For Intercultural Education, a part of the scientific comity of many educational journals and a member of the editorial board of the journal Intercultural Education. Portera is currently editing, with C.A. Grant, the book Multicultural and Intercultural Education for the Global World, to be published by Routledge.

Robin Hemley (right) of the University of Iowa will speak during the Aug. 6 session from 3 to 3:30pm. Hemley has published seven books of non-fiction and fiction, including the newly published Do-Over! and Invented Eden: The Elusive, Disputed History of the Tasaday (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003), which deals with a purported anthropological hoax in the Philippines. Invented Eden was an American Library Association’s Editor’s Choice for 2003. Hemley is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Western Washington University, St. Lawrence University, Vermont College and the University of Utah, and at many summer writing conferences. He was also the editor-in-chief of Western Washington University’s Bellingham Review for five years.

Kathrin Berdelmann (right) of the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany is the second speaker on Aug. 6, from 3:30 to 4pm. Currently teaching, Berdelmann is also involved in several research projects at the University of Education in Freiburg. Her recently completed PhD thesis investigated the importance of sychronicity and asynchronicity of time structures in educational processes. Since 2005, she has taught in the bachelor of arts and diploma programs, and since 2009, has worked in the teacher education program. Her research interests include teaching-learning interactions, the role of time in educational transactions/interactions, and the time-complexity of teaching-learning processes, adult education and visual methods in qualitative research.

The August presentations will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

For further information, contact the Graduate Program in Education at ext. 55018 or at gradprogram@edu.yorku.ca.