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25265Invite Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn talk on 21st evening

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  • Pedestrian Pictures
    Dec 18, 2013
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      Dear Friends,

       Pedestrian Pictures and Kranti- NLSIU

      invite you for a talk


      Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn


      systemic violence, environmental collapse, escalating economic disparities, and the young.

      World Under Siege: the urgency for a new culture


      Bangalore, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 21st December 2013,

      Venue: Good Shepherd Convent, Residency Road Bangalore (third gate on residency road)


      Introduction: Modern human behaviour is leading to planetary collapse largely through the toxic end-effects of industrial civilization.  Systemic violence, overt and covert, is pervasive, threatening to destroy human societies and all of nature. Responses to these crises, though growing,  are clearly  incommensurate to  their cumulative impact; the planet is going down. What will it take to bring about social and environmental justice in a world run by supremacists?


      Do current educational practices serve this dangerous state of affairs? If they do, howdo they do it?


      Can education, instead, subvert the dominant culture?


      More crucially is there time left for a different education?  How can the young, and the wild, survive this toxic era? What do they need for the years ahead?


      In the face of collapse, can education bring about a new culture, one that is not based on hatred, domination and control (of humans and the environment)? Who is going to do it?

      It is our pleasure to have Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn in Bangalore, to  explore these serious questions, together, in a spirit of examining our own fundamental ideas about social change, so we can work towards a better world.



      Speakers: Bill Ayers has taken time out from his Rainbow Book Tour in the US for his most recent and acclaimed book: Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident (2013). His other well known titles include: Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist; Teaching the Taboo: Courage and Imagination in the Classroom  (with Rick Ayers); To Teach: The Journey of a Teacher; Teaching towards Democracy: Teachers as Agents of Change; Handbook of Social Justice in Education (co edited); Teaching the Personal and the Political: Essays on Hope and Justice; Teaching toward Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom; On the Side of the Child: Summerhill Revisited; Race Course: Against White Supremacy (with Bernadine Dohrn); A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court.

       Bernardine Dohrn, activist, academic and child advocate, is a retired Clinical Associate Professor at the Northwestern University School of Law, Bluhm Legal Clinic, and was the founding director of the Children and Family Justice Center.  The Center represents young people in court, and is a national policy center for the comprehensive needs of adolescents and their families, providing critical analysis and knowledge about youth law and practice, matters associated with the administration of justice, and the preparation of professionals who advocate for children.  

      File source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bernardine_Dohrn_NLN_cropped.jpgDohrn is an author and co-editor of three books:  Race Course: Against White Supremacy (2009); A Century of Juvenile Justice (2002); and Resisting Zero Tolerance:  A Handbook for Parents, Teachers and Students (2001) and the author of I”ll Try Anything OnceUsing the Conceptual Framework of Children’s Human Rights Norms in the U.S., Univ. of Mich. Journal of Law Reform (2007); Somethin’s Happening Here: Children and Human Rights Jurisprudence in Two International Courts, UNLV L.Rev. Summer 2006;All Ellas: Girls Locked Up in Feminist Studies (Summer 2004); and Look Out Kid/It’s Something You Did! Zero Tolerance for Children in The Public Assault on America’s Children: Poverty, Violence, and Juvenile Injustice (2000)

      She writes and lectures on international human rights law, children in conflict with the law, racism and youth justice, school law, and torture.  Dohrn taught women and children’s rights and human rights law at Northwestern, was visiting professor at Leiden University faculty of law in the Netherlands and at Vrieje University in Amsterdam, and is a visiting professor at the University of Chicago.

      Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohr were both founding members of the antiwar group “The Weather Underground” and spent more than a decade underground. They continue their dedication to social and environmental justice.

       all are welcome


      For further details please contact Prem - +91 9743160640, Ayesha - +91 9964639082