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Renaissance, Sharing, and Belonging: A Messy Language of Hope

by María Torres-Guzmán - 2011

Background/Context: This essay is a part of a special issue that emerges from a year-long faculty seminar at Teachers College, Columbia University. The seminar’s purpose has been to examine in fresh terms the nexus of globalization, education, and citizenship. Participants come from diverse fields of research and practice, among them art education, comparative education, curriculum and teaching, language studies, philosophy of education, social studies, and technology. They bring to the table different scholarly frameworks drawn from the social sciences and humanities. They accepted invitations to participate because of their respective research interests, all of which touch on education in a globalized world. They were also intrigued by an all-too-rare opportunity to study in seminar conditions with colleagues from different fields, with whom they might otherwise never interact given the harried conditions of university life today. Participants found the seminar generative in terms of ideas about globalization, education, and citizenship. Participants also appreciated what, for them, became a novel and rich occasion for professional and personal growth.

Purpose/Objective: Torres-Guzman encourages the reader to consider globalization as a “renaissance” and to embark on the task of rescuing the debris left by modernity to construct a language of hope. Using the rescued concept of hybridity, she foreshadows what might be an intergenerational offering as she reflects on education as sharing and citizenship as belonging.

Conclusions/Recommendations: Torres-Guzman proposes that a fresh look at hybridity can render a rich concept for constructing resistance to conformity and uniformity, and for renewing a commitment to a multicultural, multilingual, egalitarian, ecologically-sound, and democratic world.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 113 Number 6, 2011, p. 1293-1310
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16143, Date Accessed: 6/12/2021 1:53:09 PM

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  • María Torres-Guzmán
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    MARÍA E. TORRES-GUZMÁN, professor of bilingual/bicultural education in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, is a scholar who has focused on the education of Latino populations and multiple languages in education. Her scholarly writings, centering on critical theory and multiple languages in education, are numerous: five books, three edited journal volumes, and more than 50 journal articles and other publications. Her latest book is Freedom at Work published by Paradigm Press.
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