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The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents:

"Citizenship Education, Diversity, and Curriculum Transformation"

A Presentation by Dr. James A. Banks

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
9:00 - 11:00 a.m and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Davis Auditorium, FAHC (Medical Education Pavilion)

Immigration to the United States and around the world, the challenges to nation states that have been wrought by globalization, and the tenacity of nationalism and national borders have stimulated debate, controversy, and rethinking about citizenship and citizenship education, and the role of the university curriculum in preparing students to function effectively in a diverse nation and world.

Dr. Banks will describe traditional conceptions of citizenship education, state why these concepts need to be interrogated, and argue that citizenship and citizenship education should be expanded to include cultural rights for citizens from diverse racial, cultural, ethnic, and language groups. He will argue that an effective citizenship education helps students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values needed to function effectively within their cultural communities, nation states, regions, and the global community. It also helps students to acquire cosmopolitan perspectives and values needed to work to attain equality and social justice for people around the world.

To help students to become effective citizens in the U. S. and the world, the university curriculum must be transformed so that it incorporates the cultures, histories, and perspectives of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. He will discuss the characteristics of effective curriculum transformation in the university.

Dr. James A. Banks is widely regarded as a founder of multicultural education. He is the Kerry and Linda Killinger Professor of Diversity Studies and Director of the Center for Multicultural Education in the College of Education at the University of Washington.

Professor Banks is a specialist in multicultural education and in social studies education and has written many articles, chapters, and books in these fields.
He is a past president of the American Educational Research Association and the National Council for the Social Studies and was a Spencer Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education.


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