EMU lecture series focuses on impact of community collaborations

by Pamela Young, Published March 05, 2010

YPSILANTI - Madhu Suri Prakash, the second of three recipients of Eastern Michigan University’s 2010 John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education, will discuss grassroots wisdom and local community activism Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m., room 203, John W. Porter building. Her lecture, “Commons, Common Sense and Community Collaboration in Our Hard Times,” will be followed by a book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Prakash, a professor of educational theory and policy at Pennsylvania State University, is an expert in the philosophy of education, moral education and ethics, ecological literacy and ecofeminism. She has co-authored two books: “Grassroots Postmodernism: Remaking the Soil of Cultures,” and “Escaping Education: Living As Learning Within Grassroots Cultures.”

“Dr. Prakash has a broad understanding of how the particular mechanisms of western globalization affect local communities all over the world. Her work focuses on local community activism and really basic traditional subsistence skills and traditions,” said Rebecca Martusewicz, an Eastern Michigan education professor, who directs the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition, a group that helps schools and community organizations collaborate on community projects.

A native of India, Prakash received her Ph.D. in philosophy of education from Syracuse University, a master’s in business administration and a master’s in philosophy from Delhi University in India, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi.

The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education was established to expand Eastern Michigan’s role in urban education. This year’s lecture series centers on community collaboration in challenging times.

“We have three distinctly different people, all links with issues with schools and urban education and the problems confronting our kids,” said Pamela Smith, chair of the Porter Lecture Series committee.

Critical theorist Henry Giroux will close the series April 8-9. Podcasts of previous Porter lectures can be found in iTunesU.

For more information, call the College of Education at 734.487.1414.

Pamela Young

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