Truth, Trump, and Education: An Unpartisan Approach
Larsen Hall 214
Thu., Mar. 23, 2017, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
The recent Presidential elections have given rise to a crisis in political debate and participation. Is reasoned dialogue possible, or even desirable, when the various sides appear to be so divided on fundamental issues and values? The crisis extends to education as a training-ground for citizenship. Which version of “truth” is the teacher to promote, embody, or question? Drawing on a philosophical investigation of recent events, Dr. Harouni highlights the tensions that exist in everyone between a will to understand and communicate and an equally essential will to ignore and obfuscate reality. How do issues of race, class, immigration and gender in the United States complicate pedagogy? Finally, Dr. Harouni proposes approaches to educational work that can lead to a greater comprehension of one’s own place in the larger political situation.
Gazette Classification: Education
Organization/Sponsor: Civic and Moral Education Initiative
Speaker(s): Houman Harouni, Harvard Graduate School of Education