Professor Jose Zapata Calderón to Speak at Annual Teaching and Learning for Empowerment Conference

Claremont, Calif. (March 23, 2009) – Pitzer College Professor José Zapata Calderón will speak on "Remembering the Legacy of César Chavez: Combining Multiculturalism, Critical Pedagogy and Community-Based Service Learning/Research for Social Change" at Clark Atlanta University’s Fourth Annual Teaching and Learning for Empowerment Virtual Conference.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Time: 12 noon – 2 p.m. Topic: "Remembering the Legacy of César Chavez: Combining Multiculturalism, Critical Pedagogy and Community-Based Service Learning/Research for Social Change."

Live Video Stream: http://205.129.165.39/sessions/calderon/

The session is open to the public and free of charge. The recording of the presentation will be available online at http://www.caucetlinfo.org/convid09.htm shortly after its live broadcast.

Calderon’s presentation will discuss the importance of applying multiculturalism teaching and learning practices into classroom curriculums to help better prepare students to work within multicultural communities. He will also provide examples on how to implement a type of service learning and research that advances the creation of a democratic culture both on campus and in the community.

Calderón, a self proclaimed activist intellectual, worked with Cesar Chavez when he joined the United Farm Workers before entering graduate school. He has a long history as an organic intellectual: connecting his academic work with community organizing, student-based service learning, participatory action research, multi-ethnic coalition-building and critical pedagogy. Calderón has written a host of articles related to his community activism and teaching. He is the author of Race, Poverty and Social Justice: Multidisciplinary Perspectives through Service Learning.

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