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Great Books Seminar: Pedagogy of the Oppressed, of Hope, and of Freedom

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Great Books Seminar: Pedagogy of the Oppressed, of Hope, and of Freedom

Time: August 11, 2012 at 1pm to August 25, 2012 at 4pm
Location: Room 1415, Harbour Centre (SFU downtown campus), 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
City/Town: Vancouver
Website or Map: http://pedagogy_of_the_oppres…
Event Neighbourhood and Type: discussion, seminar
Organized By: Amy Li
Latest Activity: Aug 20, 2012

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Event Description

Course schedule:

Three Saturdays: August 11, 18 and 25, 2012

Time: 1-4 pm

Each three-hour session consists of lecture, instructor-led discussion and small group discussion, application.

Location: Room 1415, Harbour Centre (SFU downtown campus), 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tuition: You decide, based on your perceived value.

Course description:

What is the difference between true compassion and false charity? What are the pitfalls of elite-led social movements? How can education change from the practice of domination to the practice of freedom? Why must the oppressors be liberated as well as the oppressed? What is the human-world relationship? What is the “critical consciousness” of reality?

One of the most important books written in the 20th century, Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, is not just required reading for teachers, but for all those engaged in social change.

Nonetheless, this small book of fewer than 200 pages remains controversial, and is no easy read. At a time of grave social concerns, it is well worth our while to examine this widely-quoted text. We may also touch upon Freire’s Pedagogy of Hope and Pedagogy of Freedom.

"This is truly revolutionary pedagogy." —Ivan Illich

About the Great Books Seminar:

There is a big difference between great books and popular readings. The Great Books Seminar (a discussion seminar based on classic texts) has often been called “the most life-changing learning experience” by students. Started during the Great Books Movement in the 20th Century, the Great Books Seminar is still used by the most prestigious institutes to train world leaders. We would like to make it available to the public.

We will examine how such books are relevant to our contemporary issues, and why core humanistic knowledge is necessary for critical thinking. We will also look for ways to transform important books into living knowledge for each of us.

In every Great Books Seminar, we will discuss whether we agree or disagree with each major point, drawing on our own life experience and observations. In the end, we may revise our ideas, or arrive at a deepened conviction of our own beliefs.

You are encouraged to read the book beforehand in order to get the most out of the seminar. Come with an open mind to connect with vastly different worlds. Join the critique, and get the insight you need to make a difference.


Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire Buy the book


Amy Li is the founder of Freewill International Learning Center (, an online learning platform focusing on independent thinking, core humanistic knowledge, and contemporary issues.

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