Drick Boyd

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Books That Shaped My Life: Tough Love

I am a lover of books. Books are not just a means to end, they are part of my story. So beginning with this entry, I will begin a series called The Books That Shaped My Life. The early 20th century...
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Why I Vote

DESCRIPTION: While there are many reasons to be discouraged about this fall's elections and to not bother to vote, I offer three reasons I choose to vote: I am an internationalist; government's job...
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Reflections on Freire50

This past week (October 18-19) I had the privilege of attending the Freire50 conference at the University of South Carolina commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Paulo Freire’s...
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Is Our Democracy in Trouble?

On September 14 I attended a symposium at the University of Pennsylvania entitled “Democracy in Trouble?” featuring renowned political scientists from across the United States and Europe. Throughout...
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Paulo Freire: His Faith Spirituality and Theology

Co-author James Kirylo and I explore the Christian faith of Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, best known for his critique of traditional “banking” education methods, and his development of critical pedagogy.  He is also considered one of the founders of popular education, linking learning with concrete action for social and political change.  However, little has been written about his personal faith.  We explore the spiritual and theological implications behind his thinking, political action, and fundamental concepts such as conscientization, humanization, conversion to the people, utopia and the primacy of love.  We also highlight Freire’s long time interaction with liberation theology and his difficult relationship with the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America.  The book also contains a moving foreword by Freire’s wife, Ana Maria “Nita” Freire. For seasoned readers of Freire, this book presents a unique perspective on his life and work.  For those unfamiliar with Freire, it is a good introduction to one of the seminal educational thinkers of our era. 

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