The CIES 2018 Conference is pleased to highlight three Presidential Panels that aim to surface key issues, questions and tensions related to the conference theme “Re-Mapping Global Education: South-North Dialogue.” See below for information about our keynote speakers.
On Monday, March 26 at 10:00 am Gustavo Esteva, a social activist and public intellectual, will speak about thinking and practicing “Beyond Education.” Esteva has helped to create and participate in numerous civil organizations and autonomous, local, national, and international networks. He has received diverse academic honors: the National Prize in Poltical Economy and the National Prize in Journalism of Mexico, Doctor in Laws Honoris Causa from the University of Vermont, and he has been President of the Mexican Society of Planning, of the Fifth World Congress of Rural Sociology and of the United Nations Institute of Research for Social Development. He is the author of more than 40 books, published in seven languages, and hundreds of essays. He regularly publishes a column in La Jornada and occasionally in The Guardian. Among his books are: Sin maíz no hay país (2003), The future of development: A radical manifesto (2013) and Nuevas formas de la revolución (2013). He collaborates with the Centro de Encuentros y Diálogos Interculturales and la Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca, organizations which he helped to found. He lives in a small Zapotec town in Oaxaca.
Abadio Green Stocel
We are pleased to welcome Professor Abadio Green as the Presidential Panel speaker on Tuesday, March 27 at 10:00 AM. Dr. Abadio Green, Tule from Colombia, obtained his post-graduate degree in ethnolinguistics from the Universidad de los Andes and a Doctorate in pedagogy from the Universidad de Antioquia. He studied for six years with a community chief and wise man and is now, even at his young age of 41 years, recognized as a "sabio" within his community. He advised the educational committee of the Antioquia Indigenous Organization and was elected the organization's president in 1993. Later that year he was named president of Colombia's National Indigenous Organization. Dr. Green is currently the director of the Academic Program "Pedagogía de la Madre Tierra" at the Universidad de Antioquia in Colombia.
Sylvia Irene Schmelkes del Valle
We are delighted that Sylvia Irene Schmelkes del Valle, joined by Enrique González Torres (Former president of the Iberoamerican University, Mexico City) and Carlos Alberto Torres (University of California, Los Angeles), will lead the Presidential Panel on Thursday, March 29 at 10:00 AM. Sylvia Irene Schmelkes del Valle is a sociologist with a Master’s degree in Educational Research from the Universidad Iberoamericana. Her professional experience is in educational research, in which she has worked since 1970. She has published more than 150 books, articles and chapters on quality of education, values education, adult education and intercultural education. She founded and was Coordinator-General of the Intercultural and Bilingual Education in the Ministry of Education in Mexico from 2001 to 2007. She chaired the OECD Center for Educational Research and Innovation’s Governing Board from 2002 to 2004. In 2008, she received the Comenius Medal, awarded by the Czech Republic and by UNESCO. She headed the Institute for Research in the Development of Education of the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico from 2007 to 2013. At present, she is a Member of the Governing Board at the National Institute for the Evaluation of Education, an autonomous public institution in Mexico. She is a Level III National Researcher.