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Democracy & Education

The seminar series, , developed as a joint idea between the University of Lower Silesia (ULS) and the Academic Secondary School (Liceum Akademickie) affiliated with ULS. The seminars have been organized by Agnieszka Zembrzuska at ULS since October 1999 and have hosted 19 guest-speakers from different disciplines. Since October 2003, the seminars have been organized by Agnieszka Zembrzuska through the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education at the University of Lower Silesia. The main goal of the open seminars is to bring together teachers, faculty and students to discuss contemporary problems of education and its connections with social sciences and politics.

Some of the issues discussed have included: the place and role of education in the face of political, economic, cultural and social changes of 20 th and 21 st century, the image and function of the school as a place for the exchange of ideas and as a location for the meeting of different generations, the impact of family in the education processes, contemporary theories of education, alternative trends in education, official and hidden school curriculum, the problems of adolescence (addictions, subcultures, generational gap), multiculturalism, gender and education and feminist education and teaching.

January 24, 2005

Krista Hegburg, Anthropologist Columbia University, and Czeslaw Walek, Director, Office of the Council for Roma Community Affairs of the Czech Government – Panel on the educational problems facing the Roma minority in the Czech Republic .

April 19, 2004

Prof. Ann Snitow, New School University, USA - Lecture comparing Prof. Snitow's rich experiences from teaching gender issues and critical theory in the United States and in East and Central Europe, especially Poland.

December 20, 2003

Prof. William Jankowiak's, (Department of Anthropology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA) lecture comparing the modern transformation of gender and power relations in socialist China and post-socialist Europe.