Multicultural Education Seminar Planned for Late April

By Louis La Plante

The University of Southern Indiana Department of Teacher Education will present its second annual Multicultural Education Seminar at the C.K. Newsome Center on April 21 from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The day, which is free and open to the public, will bring a series of workshops and speakers including civil rights attorney Thomas Todd and educational theorist Michael Apple. Todd, the first full-time African-American law professor at Northwestern University, will speak at the noon luncheon. Apple, a critical education theorist, will present the keynote speech at 3:30 p.m.

Workshops from USI professors are also included. Omowale Akintunde, associate professor of education, will discuss "Appreciating 'Others': Deconstructing Epistemological Bias in American Curricula," a presentation on implementing multicultural approaches to American classrooms, while Paul Parkison, assistant professor of education will present "The Political Economy of No Child Left Behind," a look at standardized learning in the United States.