Release Date: January 19, 2009
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Talkin' about School & Society talks about arts in school
Reading, writing and arithmetic are the traditional pillars of the education systems with the arts frequently fighting for a toehold position. But is that changing? Should it change? Or is there room for everyone? The public is invited to share their thoughts and voice their ideas about the arts in school at the next Talkin' About School & Society discussion series.

"Arts in School: Frill or Essential?" is the topic on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. when professors from the University of Regina's Faculty of Education and guests facilitate conversations in the informal atmosphere of La Bodega Restaurant, 2228 Albert Street in Regina. Complimentary snacks will be provided.

The Talkin' about School & Society lecture series is one way for the University to move out of academia to discuss critical issues that ultimately affect us all. It provides everyone who is interested an opportunity to engage in conversations about schools, teaching and education. Patrick Lewis and Marc Spooner, University of Regina education professors, will help facilitate the evening of conversation.

"The informal format of the series will help ensure that participants are not divided by terms such as expert, audience, lecture, keynote, parent, student, teacher, administrator, or professor, but rather will come together as a gathering of a group of people interested in talking about education," says Lewis.

Future dates and topics for the Talkin' About School & Society discussion series include:

  • March 2, 2009 "Public Education: What are the potential roles and consequences of faith, race, sexuality or gender-based schools?"
  • April 6, 2009 "What are fair policies in public education: Exploring funding, standards, and inclusiveness."

Talkin' about School & Society is sponsored by the Faculty of Education, the Centre for Continuing Education and the Centre for Social Justice and Anti-Oppressive Education at the University of Regina.

For more information please email patrick.lewis@uregina.ca or marc.spooner@uregina.ca