Open lecture: Diversity and Citizenship Education in Global Times

Professor James A. Banks on why nation-states need to construct novel ideas about citizenship and citizenship education that accommodate new population groups but also foster national unity.

Professor James A. Banks, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. Photo: University of Washington

The lecture

Immigration is increasing racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistics, and religious diversity in nations around the world, which is challenging existing concepts of citizenship and citizenship education. In this lecture, James A. Banks describes why nation-states need to construct novel ideas about citizenship and citizenship education that accommodate new population groups but also foster national unity. Multicultural nation-states need to balance unity and diversity. He describes the challenges to citizenship caused by diversity and argue that citizenship education should be transformed and help students to develop reflective cultural, national, regional, and global identifications and a commitment to take civic action that will make their communities, nation, and the world more democratic and cosmopolitan.

About James A. Banks

James A. Banks is professor at University of Washington, Seattle, USA, Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and Director Center for Multicultural Education. Read more

Contact

Kamil Øzerk (kamil.ozerk@ped.uio.no)

Published Jan. 18, 2013 4:15 PM - Last modified June 27, 2013 11:17 AM