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Reconstructing National Identities: Intercultural Bilingual Education in Latin America

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Thursday October 6, 2011 - Friday, October 7, 2011

Teachers College, Columbia University

525 W. 120 Street, New York, NY


Open to the Public



Throughout Latin America, projects to develop intercultural bilingual education began to emerge in the 1970s. Supported by diverse national and international institutions, countries undertook this agenda of educational change to recognize and respond to the diverse ethnicities and languages of their populations and to address the long-standing marginalization of indigenous communities. Please join us for this two-day conference to analyze the development, implementation and transformation of intercultural bilingual education across Latin America. Through presentations, panels and discussion, participants will trace the trajectory of concepts and policies shaping intercultural bilingual education, paying special attention to the ways in which these were adapted and appropriated at local, national and transnational levels.

In order to consider the educational and political dimensions of design, implementation and reform related to intercultural bilingual education in diverse settings across the region, panels with renowned academics and practitioners in the field have been formed around the following three themes:



·       Intercultural bilingual education and social movements across Latin America;

·       Social and political actors and the institutionalization of intercultural bilingual education;

·       The role and impact of international cooperation on knowledge creation and the development of the academic field of intercultural bilingual education.



The conference will also host a professional development workshop for educators and researchers on “The Development of Educator Expertise in Bilingual and Intercultural Education in Latin America and the United States,” designed and facilitated by Aida Walqui (Teacher Professional Development Program, WestEd) and Viviana Galdames (Teacher Education Program, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile). Participants will explore comparative experiences in bilingual intercultural teacher professional development in Latin America and the United States, as well as experience and discuss practices for implementation. For registration for this workshop, please visit: http://ibeworkshop.eventbrite.com



The conference is free and open to the public, but registration through this site is required.


For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/latino-ed/


Conference Supporters:

Program of Comparative and International Education, Teachers College

Department of International and Transcultural Studies, Teachers College

The Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University

The Latin American Faculty Working Group, Teachers College

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Teachers College 

Columbia Global Centers, Columbia University

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525 W. 120th Street
New York, 10027

Reconstructing National Identities: Intercultural Bilingual Education in Latin America
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