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Book Talk: “Schooling as Uncertainty: An Ethnographic Memoir in Comparative Education”
April 5, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ITS (International & Transcultural Studies) Workshop
Monday, April 5, 2021, 3:00-4:00pm EST
Schooling as Uncertainty: An Ethnographic Memoir in Comparative Education
Frances Vavrus, Professor, Coordinator of the Program in Comparative and International Development Education, and Associate Chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota
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In today’s uncertain world, few beliefs remain as firmly entrenched as the optimistic view that more schooling will lead to a better life. Though this may be true in the aggregate, how do we explain the circumstances when schooling fails to produce certainty or even does us harm? In this presentation, former Teachers College professor Dr. Frances Vavrus addresses this question by way of her new book, Schooling as Uncertainty, which combines ethnography and memoir as it guides readers on a 30-year journey through fieldwork and familyhood in Tanzania and academic life in the US. Adopting a narrative approach, Vavrus tells the story of how her life became entangled with a community on Mount Kilimanjaro and how she and they sought greater security through schooling and, to varying degrees, succeeded.
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