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Critical Teaching in Action: At the intersection of environmental education and social justice

Los Angeles, Feb. 5, 2016 - How do you teach about the convergence of social justice issues and environmental education? That's the vitally important topic of conversation set for Saturday, Feb. 13, at Mount Saint Mary's University in Los Angeles.

Every other year, Mount Saint Mary's Center for Cultural Fluency hosts a day of hands-on workshops exploring innovative social justice curricula. The theme of this year's Critical Teaching in Action conference is "Environmental Education and Social Justice." The event, which is open to the public, will bring together educators, social workers, community activists and others interested in sharing new ways to teach social justice.

Among the highlights planned for this year's day-long event:

  • Presentation of the 2016 Cultural Fluency Award to L.A.'s guerrilla gardener Ron Finley. Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central L.A. - as noted in his 2013 TED Talk that has been viewed more than a half-million times - "for fun, for defiance for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys."
  •  A keynote talk byTim Swinehart, editor of " A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis." Swinehart, a Portland resident, was recently honored as the 2015 Oregon Social Studies Educator of the Year.
  • A public screening of the documentary, "This Changes Everything," an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, and suggests transforming a failing economic model into something radically better.
  • More than a dozen interactive workshops led by educators, authors, journalists and community activists - on topics ranging from the fight for water rights to teacher-student activism.

Event details:

Critical Teaching in Action conference
Mount Saint Mary's Doheny Campus
10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, 90007

Tickets: $30

About Mount Saint Mary's University

Mount Saint Mary's is the only women's university in Los Angeles and one of the most diverse in the nation. The University is known nationally for its research on gender equity, its innovative health and science programs, and its commitment to community service. As a leading liberal arts institution, Mount Saint Mary's provides year-round, flexible and online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Weekend, evening and graduate programs are offered to both women and men. Mount alums are engaged, active, global citizens who use their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their communities and the world.

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