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Teaching for justice is topic of social justice lecture

Feb. 11, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The issues of justice and education will intertwine in a Monday, Feb. 16, presentation at Western Michigan University offered as part of a series of free, public lectures addressing social justice.

Dr. Robert Peterson, who since 1992 has taught fifth grade at La Escuela Fratney, a two-way, English-Spanish, bilingual public school in Milwaukee, will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Fetzer Center's Putney Auditorium. His presentation is titled "Teaching for Justice in Unjust Times."

Peterson is the founder and editor of Rethinking Schools, the only national journal edited and published by practicing classroom teachers. He has written more than eight books and co-edited "Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years" and "Transforming Teacher Unions: Fighting for Better Schools and Social Justice." Peterson is also the co-founder of both the National Coalition for Education Activists, a multi-racial grouping of teachers, parents and community members, and the Coalition for Responsible Assessment.

With the theme "Knowledge, Power and Social Justice: Educating Children Placed At-Risk," the lecture series continues with presentations on March 9, 23 and 30 and April 6.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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