Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies


C’MON LANGUAGE: Anne-Marie Oliver, Barry Sanders, Thomas Zummer, and With Friends Like You

regarding jacotot

Regarding Jacotot’s Claim That One Ignoramus Can Teach Another What He Himself Does Not Know*

Presented as part of Anna Craycroft’s C’mon Language project and the TBA:13 Festival

A critical conversation on method and madness, knowledge and respect, theory and nascent wonder, ignorance and arrogance, authority and tradition, judgment and distinction, learning and the pleasing of another, sober realism and the rage for justice, in the style of G.K. Chesterton, and drawing on the work of a wide range of interlocutors, including Hannah Arendt, Ivan Illich, John Dewey, Peter Sloterdijk, Jacques Rancière, Bifo, and the Black Mountain Founders, to help us rethink this thing called education, higher and other. What is the task of teaching and learning today in the midst of mounting economic and political pressures and scathing attacks, standardized testing and pedagogical formulae, peer learning and e-learning, service-industry models and dispensable teachers, reading-surveillance software and homework cams, high-interest student loans and uncertain futures, OpenCourseWare and its multimillion-dollar consortium? Please bring with you what you consider to be the single most important text for this discussion.

*Jacques Rancière, The Emancipated Spectator

a few texts
Hannah Arendt, “The Crisis in Education,” Between Past and Future
Claire Bishop, “The New Masters of Liberal Arts: Artists Rewrite the Rules of Pedagogy,” Education (MIT/Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art)
The Black Mountain College Prospectus (http://www.blackmountaincollege.org/)
G.K. Chesterton, “The Suicide of Thought,” Orthodoxy: A Personal Philosophy
Thierry de Duve, “An Ethics: Putting Aesthetic Transmission in Its Proper Place in the Art World,” Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century)
John Dewey, “Criticism and Perception,” Art as Experience
Henry A. Giroux, “Critical Theory and Educational Practice,” Theory and Resistance in Education: Towards a Pedagogy for the Opposition
Boris Groys, “Education by Infection,” Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century)
Jacques Rancière, “The Emancipated Spectator,” The Emancipated Spectator
Peter Sloterdijk, “Master Games: Trainers as Guarantors of the Art of Exaggeration,” You Must Change Your Life

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
415 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, Oregon 97205
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
4:00-6:00 p.m.


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