13th EPI Symposium

“George Grant’s Critique of Education”

Friday November 18th, from 2:30-4:30 in Scarfe 310

The discussion facilitated by Dr. William Pinar is titled “George Grant’s Critique of Education”. On the discussion he writes:

Dr. William Pinar“I suggest that George Grant’s critique of education is intertwined with his critique of time and technology, and that it is expressed in his teaching, in which subjective presence was paramount. Time as history, technology as the calculation and quantification of experience: these testified to what for Grant was the idolatry of modernity, our preoccupation with devices of convenience that eviscerate dialogue and obscure the revelation of Being. To idolatry I juxtapose iconography as conveying the character f the curriculum Grant affirmed.”

More on Dr. Pinar

Before coming to the University of British Columbia, Pinar taught curriculum theory at Louisiana State University, where he served as the St. Bernard Parish Alumni Endowed Professor. He has also served as the Frank Talbott Professor at the University of Virginia and the A. Lindsay O’Connor Professor of American Institutions at Colgate University. He has held visiting appointments at Teachers College, Columbia University, Ohio State University, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Alberta, and the University of British Columbia, among other institutions. He has lectured widely, including Harvard University, McGill University, and the Universities of Chicago, Oslo, Tokyo, and Wisconsin-Madison. Click this link to view Dr. Pinar’s current projects.

Dr. Pinar took his B.S. in Education at Ohio State University, graduating in 1969. He taught English at the Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, Long Island, New York from 1969-1971, returning to Ohio State to finish his M.A. in 1970 and the Ph.D. in 1972. Dr. Pinar is the founding editor of the scholarly journal JCT, and with Janet Miller, the founder of the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice, as well as the founder and now President of the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies and the founder of its American affiliate, the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, for which he serves as Conference Committee chair.

Dr.Pinar is the author of Race, Religion and a Curriculum of Reparation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), The Synoptic Text Today and other essays: Curriculum Development after the Reconceptualization (Peter Lang, 2006), What Is Curriculum Theory? (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004), Autobiography, Politics, and Sexuality (Peter Lang, 1994), The Gender of Racial Politics and Violence in America (Peter Lang, 2001), the senior author of Understanding Curriculum (Peter Lang, 1995), and the editor of several collections, among them Queer Theory in Education (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1998), The Passionate Mind of Maxine Greene (Falmer, 1998), Contemporary Curriculum Discourses (Peter Lang, 1999), and the International Handbook of Curriculum Research (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2003). He is the editor of book series in curriculum theory at Lawrence Erlbaum and Peter Lang. In 2000 he received the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association; in 2004 he received an American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award for What is Curriculum Theory?