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Dealing with Difference Institute
Dr. James A. Banks
Distinguished Professor James A. Banks, Founding Director of the Center for Multicultural Education, at the University of Washington, Seattle, will make the keynote presentation during the 2013 Dealing with Difference Institute at Western Illinois University. Dr. Banks will discuss “Diversity in America: Challenges and Opportunities for Educating Citizens in Global Times.” He has chosen this topic because he sees the future of multicultural education in the United States linked with global citizenship and globalization and with diversity issues in nations around the world. As he has stated in Cultural Diversity and Education (5th Ed), “To become effective citizens within their nation and the world, students need clarified and reflective cultural, national and global identities, democratic attitudes and values, and the knowledge required to function effectively within their own and other cultural groups within national and global contexts” (p. 34).
Dr. Banks has written groundbreaking texts in multicultural education, including Teaching Strategies for Ethnic Studies, now in its 8th edition; Multicultural Education: Issues and Perspectives, now in its 7th edition; Multicultural Education, Transformative Knowledge, and Action; and Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives. Among his critically recognized edited works are the Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, and the four-volume Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education published in 2012. For the past 15 years, he has been Editor of the Multicultural Education Series published by Teachers College Press and has seen over 40 books published as part of the project.
A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Banks earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Chicago State University before earning master and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. Since then, he has received six honorary doctorates and been recognized by colleagues, colleges and universities, and professional organizations with numerous awards and fellowships, including Distinguished Career, Research Review, and Social Justice in Education awards from the American Educational Research Association, fellowships from the Kellogg and Rockefeller Foundations, and a Spencer Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. His research has had an impact on multicultural education not only in the United States but in over 20 nations across the world.
Dr. Banks will be speaking on the second day of the institute, Wednesday, May 15, at 8:30 a.m. in Western’s Multicultural Center.