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Pacific Oaks College Announces Commencement Speaker


April 8, 2019

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Published: April 8, 2019

A School of Human Development alumna, Dr. Antonia Darder, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker for the 59th annual commencement on May 11, 2019.

Dr. Antonia Darder, a Pacific Oaks College alumna and distinguished international Freirian scholar, has been chosen as the keynote speaker for our upcoming commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

“Commencement is a celebration that’s as much about reflecting back as looking forward,” said Pacific Oaks College Interim President Dr. Jack Paduntin. “We’re proud to welcome back our distinguished alumna, Dr. Antonia Darder, whose time at Pacific Oaks College provided her with a foundation for success that’s turned into an illustrious academic career. We hope this serves as a homecoming for her and provides our graduating class with the assurance that they always remain a vital part of the PO community.”

Dr. Darder is a public intellectual, educator, writer, activist, artist, and holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Additionally, she is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Johannesburg, Professor Emerita of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and an American Educational Research Association Fellow.

Dr. Darder has received both the American Educational Research Association Scholars of Color Lifetime Contribution Award and the Freire Social Justice Award.

For the last 40 years, she has worked tirelessly to counter social and material inequalities within schools and communities. Her scholarship has consistently focused on issues of racism, political economy, social justice, education, and society.

Through her writings, Dr. Darder has extended the contributions of Paulo Freire to our understanding of inequalities in schools and society. Her critical theory of biculturalism links human development questions to issues of culture, power, and pedagogy. Through her decolonizing scholarship on the body, ethics, and methodology, she has contributed to rethinking questions of empowerment and liberation in the lives of subaltern populations. Beyond academia, she is a poet and visual artist.

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