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Contesting Public Education: Opting Out, Activism, and Dissent in Education Policy

by Emily Comer ( / Aug 28, 2017

The journal Educational Theory is pleased to invite you to a one-day conference exploring such questions as:

  • What values and claims are at stake when parents and students opt out of education?
  • How do these claims intersect with public goals for education, including equity?
  • How might opting out be understood as a form of dissent, activism and political action?

Guest presenters: Michele Moses (University of Colorado-Boulder), Amy Shuffelton (Loyola University Chicago), Sarah Stitzlein (University of Cincinnati), Ashley Taylor (Colgate University), Quentin Wheeler-Bell (Indiana University-Bloomington), Terrenda White (University of Colorado-Boulder), and Terri Wilson (University of Colorado-Boulder).

Click here for flyer with schedule.

Please RSVP to Emily Comer ( to help us estimate attendance.

Cost: The institute is free and open to the public; lunch and refreshments provided.

Contact: Emily Comer

Co-sponsors: The Learning Publics Initiative (Center for Advanced Study), The State of Learning: The University in a Divided Nation (A Provost's Office Initiative, supported by the Center for Advanced Study), The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership