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Defend the Classroom!:

Building + Contesting Power with Ira Shor

How should we collectively defend classrooms from the neoliberal assault on democratic praxis and critical pedagogies? What histories, traditions, and alliances should shape our tactics? In our March 2022 episode, renowned critical pedagogue Ira Shor  joins us to discuss these questions–and also to help us celebrate the 5th anniversary of Nothing Never Happens!

about our guest/s

Ira Shor is currently a Professor Emeritus at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY). He has produced several foundational works in the practice of critical pedagogy. Some of his books include Culture Wars, Critical Education and Everyday Life, Empowering Education, When Students Have Power, and, with Paulo Freire, A Pedagogy for Liberation. We also  recommend as a starting point his classic article, “What is Critical Literacy?” Ira has supported this podcast since he agreed to be our first-ever guest back in March 2017. We are delighted that he has agreed to come back to celebrate our fifth anniversary!


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