Open lecture by prof. Michael Apple 22 October

Time: 22 October, 5 PM - 6 PM

Place: Auditorium in The National Museum of Finland (Mannerheimintie 34)

Free entry, please register here (Research group is not relevant.)

Michael W. Apple is an educational theorist specialized on education and power, cultural politics, curriculum theory and research, critical teaching, and the development of democratic schools.

Apple is John Bascom Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education, where he taught from 1970-2018. Prior to completing his Ed.D. at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1970, Apple taught in elementary and secondary schools in New Jersey, where he grew up, as well as served as the president of his teachers union. For more than three decades Apple has worked with educators, unions, dissident groups, and governments throughout the world on democratizing educational policy and practice.


Title and description of speech:

The Challenge of Critical Education

Critical educational research and policies face a number of dilemmas in a time of conservativism. This lecture discusses a number of these personal and academic challenges and possibilities. In the process, it argues against cynicism and for a position that is best described as "optimism without illusions" and urges us to continue our important work in connecting the arts with movements toward social justice. 

After the presentation, you are welcome to attend a book launch by Eeva Anttila and Anniina Suominen in the same venue. The title of the book is "Critical Articulations of Hope from the Margins of Arts Education"


More about Professor Apple (article from 2015)