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Open Lecture with prof. Dick Howard on “Searching for Marx – Then and Now”

On 9 May, 2017 EDiTE students at the University of Lower Silesia attended prof. Dick Howard’s open lecture with the title “Searching for Marx – Then and Now.” Dick Howard is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Stony Brook University, received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Texas. He studied in Paris (with Paul Ricoeur) and Bonn (with Klaus Hartmann). He later worked with Claude Lefort, Cornelius Castoriadis and Jürgen Habermas. A participant in the civil rights and anti-war movements in the US, he was a student at Nanterre in 1968, and traveled thereafter throughout West and East Europe, becoming an early anti-totalitarian leftist.

In his lecture, prof. Dick Howard elaborated his concept of the differentiation between the political (framework where politics happen) and politics (place and practice for transformation) in order to locate his analyzis of the “new left”. The lecture was organized by the EDiTE programme and IISCE (International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education) and it was streamed on facebook. We highly recommend prof. Howard’s book “From Marx to Kant ” published by Palgrave Macmillan in 1985, where he analyzes the relation of philosophy and politics, and illustrates this by a reinterpretation of Kant, Hegel and Marx.

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Open Lecture and Seminar with prof. Dave Hill and dr. Leena Robertson

From April 19-21, 2017 we had a lecture and two extremely inspiring seminars with professor Dave Hill and dr. Leena Robertson (Middlesex Universiry London) at University of Lower Silesia. Prof. Dave Hill presented a Marxist critique of neoliberalism with a special focus to education policies and we discussed his proposal: a socialist manifesto for education. Dr. Leena Robertson gave a presentation on “Education and Rights of Linguistic Minorities in Europe” and we learned in-depth about her Erasmus+ funded project “ROM-tels” which involves People to People Foundation in Romania and four collaborating universities: Newcastle University, (UK), Univerity of Montpellier (France), Helsinki University (Finland) and Middlesex University (UK). The project addresses educational challenges, such as Eastern European Traveller, including Roma pupils’ poor participation and persistently low achievement in education and the decline of home language use in primary classrooms as a pedagogic tool to raise the academic achievement of pupils whose home language(s) differs from the official language of schools. Both lectures were streamed on facebook: Dave Hill on “Critical Education” and Leena Robertson on “Education and Rights of Linguistic Minorities in Europe”. The lectures were organized by the EDiTE programme and IISCE (International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education).