The 2018 Faculty Guest Curator is James Kirylo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies. Kirylo’s scholarship focuses on critical pedagogy, diversity and literacy. Kirylo is the author of Paulo Freire: The Man from Recife, which is one of the most comprehensive texts in English on the life and thought of Paulo Freire.
Partnering with the museum, Kirylo engaged students in his Honors College course, “Paulo Freire: His Life & Work” in a major exhibit development project as a semester-long assignment. Additionally, Kirylo outreached to another Honors College Maymester course, “Smithsonian Open-Door Externship” taught by David Snyder, Ph.D. to charge students in that course with critically analyzing museums through the lens of Freirian thought. The resulting exhibit illustrates the creative genius possible when faculty and students work collaboratively to research, interpret and create.
One of the most important educators the world has seen in the last 50 years, Paulo Freire, who was born in Recife, Brazil, is that rare human being whose thought has stood the test of time, continually having an influential impact across the globe. Often referred to as the “father” of critical pedagogy, Freire’s influence cannot be overstated. Freire50 is an exhibit that honors his life and legacy.
The exhibition examines Freire’s work as an educational and community leader; his scholarship and its global impact; his persecution and life in exile, and his imaginative ideas about reimagining education as a system of mobilizing “wokeness” among the oppressed.