EMU to host Rouge Forum Conference, May 15-17

by Pamela Young, Published May 11, 2009

YPSILANTI —Eastern Michigan University will host the Rouge Forum Conference, scheduled May 15-17, at Eastern Michigan University’s Porter Building, College of Education. This is the first time EMU has hosted the group since it was first established 11 years ago.

The conference will bring together educators, families and community workers from North America and Russia to explore the theme, “Education, Empire, Economy and Ethics at a Crossroads.” The cost is $55; $25 for graduate students. There is no charge for undergraduates, high school students and retirees. For more information, go to http://www.rougeforumconference.org/

Keynote speakers include: Staughton Lynd, social justice activist and historian, who will speak on “What Is to Be Done?”  Rebecca Martusewicz, Eastern Michigan University professor and ecojustice educator, will discuss, “Rethinking Justice: Eco-democratic Reforms in Education,” and Greg Queen, recipient of the National Council for the Social Studies 2008
Defense of Academic Freedom Award, will talk about “Standards-Based Education, Class Struggle and Academic Freedom.”

Artist and environmental activist, Billy X. Curmano, of Art Works USA, will also present a live performance, “Billy X: Live Art at the Forum.” Curmano is a former McKnight Foundation Interdisciplinary Art Fellow who trained as a painter and sculptor before getting into music using soundscapes in “live art.”

The conference will offer approximately 40 presentations and workshops on such topics as free and democratic schooling, corporate textbooks, student-centered instruction, self-determination in learning, ecojustice, and corporatization and control in higher education.
The Rouge Forum is a group of educators, students, and parents seeking a democratic society by learning about and practicing equality, democracy and social justice.

Pamela Young

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