Leigh Patel, Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Lisa (Leigh) Patel is a researcher, educator, and writer. With a background in sociology, she researches and teaches about education as a site of social reproduction and as a potential site for transformation. She is an Associate Professor of Education at Boston College and works extensively with recently immigrated youth and teacher activists. Prior to working in the academy, Professor Patel was a journalist, a teacher, and a state-level policymaker. Across all of these experiences, her focus has been on the ways that education structures opportunities in society, and her daily work has been with youth who are marginalized through those structures.
Although formal schooling seeks and regularly achieves in producing stratified achievement, learning is a far more elusive, quixotic, and at times fugitive practice. In this talk, Dr. Patel will connect the relationship between study and struggle, between learning and liberation. With historical and contemporary examples of the ways that social movements deliberately engaged in study and learning, Dr. Patel will distinguish between what formal schooling demands and argue for a stewardship of learning.
School of Natural & Social Sciences
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