Paulo Freire Centennial: Celebrating the Founder of Critical Pedagogy

Paulo Freire (1921-1997) was a Brazilian educator and philosopher known the world over as founder and advocate of the school of thought known as critical pedagogy. This fall marks 100 years since Freire’s birth, and Baylor will be recognizing this centennial with a series of events across campus.

Freire’s call for radical social transformation through education and for the development of critical consciousness (conscientização in Portuguese) has been deeply influential in Latin America and globally. His thought and work have influenced a wide range of fields, from education to sociology and community development.

Freire based his thought on five principles for the practice of a critical pedagogy: Dialogue, Love, Empathy, Hope, and Humility.

Join us as we explore these principles in relation to our work at Baylor today across departments, schools, and communities!

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures, the College of Arts & Sciences, and Baylor University Libraries


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, September 21st, 3-5 PM: “Birthday” Party and Kick-Off

Jones Library, first floor

Food and drinks, and a film!

Screening of the documentary “Seeing Through Paulo’s Glasses: Political Clarity, Courage, and Humility,” directed and produced by Shirley Steinberg and Giuliana Cucinelli (The Freire Project) on the half-hour. Plus, attendees can view and participate in an interactive art installation inspired by Freire's life and legacy.

Tuesday, October 19th, 5:00 PM: Keynote Address by Dr. Kim Díaz

Jones Library, first floor

Speaker bio:

Dr. Díaz earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University in 2012, with a dissertation on Freire’s thought and work. An expert on Latin American philosophy, Dr. Díaz is the co-editor of The Philosophies of America Reader (Bloomsbury, 2021). She lectures in the Chicano Studies department at UT El Paso.

November: Paulo Freire’s Legacy at Baylor and Beyond

Panels with Baylor Faculty and Invited Guests

Details coming soon!


More Information on Freire

Paulo Freire, The Pedagogy of the Oppressed, translated by Myra Bergman Ramos. New York and London: Continuum, 2005.