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Paulo Freire and the Loveless Society Focus of LAII Lecture Series Presentation

"Transforming the Loveless Society: Psychoanalysis in the Work of Paulo Freire" is the focus of the second presentation in the LAII Lecture Series for Spring 2016. The lecture will be held Wednesday March 2, 2016, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the LAII, and will be offered by Dr. Ricky Lee Allen,Associate Professor in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies at UNM, and faculty affiliate of the LAII. For reference, see the event flyer.

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In the presentation Allen discusses psychoanalysis in Freire's work, contending that the psychoanalytic dimension of Freire's work is understudied, and this must be remedied to realize the fuller potential of critical pedagogy. Oppressive societies are loveless arrangements caught up in psychosocial cycles of abuse, terror, surveillance, and violence. Allen seeks to disrupt this reality through an amplification of the psychoanalytic theory at the heart of Freire's work. He will look at the links to Frantz Fanon, Albert Memmi, and Erich Fromm. Finally, he will suggest a transformation of the loveless society through a critical pedagogy of healing.

Allen received his PhD in Education (Urban Schooling) from the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in critical race studies, critical whiteness studies, and critical social theory. In his scholarship, Allen conducts critical theoretical studies of the material and psychic aspects of white existence. His courses include Whiteness Studies, Critical Race Theory, Paulo Freire, and Philosophy of Education. Before becoming a professor, Allen was a secondary science teacher in suburban Cincinnati, rural Indiana, and urban Los Angeles.

Image: Photograph of Paulo Freire monument reprinted via CC © from Flickr user Ricardo Romanoff.

--Posted Tuesday, February 16, 2016.