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EPS Annual Conference to focus on, 'Global Inequality, Global Education’

April 03, 2017

UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies is hosting its annual conference April 6 to 7, with the theme of this year’s event, “Global Inequality, Global Education.”

“Inequality has increased globally,” says UW-Madison’s Lesley Bartlett, a professor of educational policy studies and one of the conference’s coordinators. “Schools easily reproduce inequality, but they also hold out the hope of interrupting inequality and producing social change.”

Bartlett explains that this conference will examine different global efforts to address inequality through education, considering how social, political and economic forces influence those efforts and their outcomes.

2017 EPS Conference“By considering these issues in comparative perspective, we can glean insights about educational policies, politics and practices in our country of focus,” says Bartlett, an anthropologist by training who works in the field of international and comparative education.

This year’s event is structured to allow plenty of time for conference-goers to engage and interact with each other in an effort to more deeply examine global equity and schooling.

“This will allow us to rethink how we will address these issues in our own research and our own lives as citizens,” says Bartlett.

The conference begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, with a welcome followed by a viewing and discussion of the film, “Starving the Beast.” This documentary explores the philosophy and key players behind pushes cut state support for higher education.

The Thursday keynote at 5 p.m. will be delivered by Oren Pizmony-Levy from Teachers College at Columbia University. The assistant professor of international and comparative education will talk about, “Origins and Consequences of International Assessments in Education.”

The keynote talk on Friday morning at 9 a.m. will be given by Michigan State University Associate Professor Amita Chudgar, who will talk about, “Inequality in Teacher Distribution Cross-nationally: What do we Know, Why is it Important?”

And Friday afternoon’s 3 p.m. keynote comes from Luis Gandin of the Universidade Federal de Rio Grande do Sul that’s titled, “The Citizen School Project in Porto Alegre, Brazil and the Expansion of the Education Imaginary.”

All events are free and open to the public, with most being held in the Wisconsin Idea Room (room 159) of the Education Building.

For a complete schedule, check out this EPS Conference web page.