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Decolonizing higher education reforms in contemporary Brazil: historical myths and official discourses

Dr. Naomar Almeida Filho
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The Theory and History of Education International Research Group, the Faculty of Education, and the Department of History are pleased to announce two internationally renowned speakers coming to Queen’s on February 21 and 22, 2023. All are welcome to join us as we examine the history of education from an international, polycentric, and decolonizing lens!

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
3:45 – 5:15 pm
Vernon Ready Room (VRR)
Duncan McArthur Hall, 511 Union St.

University autonomy and academic freedom are founding myths of the postcolonial model of higher education in Brazil. From a decolonial perspective on historical movements of university reform in Latin America, I propose a critical assessment of the Latin American university as a social institution which, in order to fulfill its historical mission, needs to continuously recreate its institutional identity taking into account its subaltern and peripheral economic, political and ideological context. 

Dr. Naomar Almeida-Filho is Professor of Epidemiology (retired) at the Institute of Collective Health of UFBA. PhD in Epidemiology, D.Sc. Honoris Causa: McGill University., President of the Federal University of Bahia (2002-2010) and founder and first President of the Federal University of Southern Bahia (2013-2017). See Almeyda Filho, Naomar, Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Exclusion: University Education in Contemporary Brazil, Harvard Review of Latin America, 12(Fall), 60-63. 

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