Peter McLaren, Ph.D., the College of Educational Studies’ Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, will be recognized at the 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference in Washington, DC on April 9, 2016. The theme of the conference is Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies. Professor McLaren, who is also the co-director of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project, will receive an Outstanding Book Award for his book Pedagogy of Insurrection: From Resurrection to Revolution from “Division B” of the AERA, the Curriculum Studies division. AERA Chairperson, Nicholas D. Hartlep, Ph.D., from Illinois State University, stated in his letter notifying McLaren, “The committee members were impressed with the volume’s thoroughness of thought and the critical insight it provides readers.”
In addition, Professor McLaren will also receive a Society of Professors of Education Book Award for 2016, for Pedagogy of Insurrection at the 2016 AERA conference.
In Pedagogy of Insurrection (November 2015), which some reviewers have called “McLaren’s masterpiece,” McLaren summons his reflections on the revolutionary teachings of Jesus of Nazareth to illuminate his most recent contribution to critical pedagogy in a work that is assured to provoke both anger and hope. McLaren draws upon the history of such political figures as Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Paulo Freire and Hugo Chavez to shed light on the struggle against transnational capitalism as he challenges educators to venture down a new road that he calls Critical Rage Pedagogy to bring into focus a new pedagogical dispensation created through love and justice bequeathed to us by the crucified and resurrected Christ.