Globalization speakers announced; proposals sought

By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education

Freidberg-80PULLMAN, Wash. – An award-winning Seattle filmmaker and a disability studies scholar will headline the 10th annual Globalization, Diversity and Education Conference Feb. 27-28 in Spokane.

Proposals for papers, presentations and panel discussions are being accepted by the Washington State University College of Education through Dec. 6. See to submit and for more information.

The annual event addresses themes of diversity and education within the contexts of globalization, connecting local people, economies, cultures and ideologies. This year’s theme is Activism and Education: Learning with(in) Lived Experiences.

Erevelles-80Keynote speaker Nirmala Erevelles is a professor of social and cultural studies in education at the University of Alabama. Her research and teaching interests include disability studies, critical race theory and the sociology of education. She recently published the book, “Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Towards a Transformative Body Politic.”

Granito-de-Arena-150Filmmaker Jill Freidberg will highlight her work, “Granito de Arena (Little Grain of Sand).” She spent two years in southern Mexico documenting the efforts of more than 100,000 teachers, parents and students to defend the country’s public education system from the devastating impacts of economic globalization.