The Education and Power Forum Series is a partnership between the Educational Studies Department and the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College.

The forums are hosted by Macalester students taking a course called Critical Issues in Urban Education. The goal of the forum series is to provide the broader community with information about how decisions are being made in local education systems.

Community forums are intentional, democratized spaces where stakeholders in the community meet to dialogue, debate, strategize, network with, and learn from each other. The Education and Power Community Forums are a collaborative project between students from Brian Lozenski’s Critical Issues in Urban Education course at Macalester College and local, active community members with deep knowledge about an educational topic and its history in the Twin Cities who mentors 5-7 students as they organize their forums. Students spend the semester narrowing down on a topic, planning out their content, and formatting the structure to create a 75-90 minute long forum dealing with power and urban education. 


The series will include four forums occurring every other week beginning on March 28th. All are welcome to attend! FREE Transportation will be provided from Macalester to all of the forums. A bus will leave from Weyerhaeuser Hall at 7:00 pm sharp! (6pm for the 4/25 forum) on the evening of each forum and return by 9:30 pm at the latest. If you are in need of transportation from other sites, please email Professor Brian Lozenski (blozensk@macalester.edu) to make arrangements.

The 2022 Forum dates:

Learning “Our” History: Whose Stories Get Told
Location: Linwood Recreation Center (860 St. Clair Ave. St Paul, MN 55105)
Date/Time: April 4th, 7:30-8:45 PM

What Is Transformative Education?
(CLOSED Forum – only for middle school students)
Location: Academia Cesar Chavez (1801 Lacrosse Ave, St Paul, MN 55119)
Date/Time: April 18th, 12:00-2:00 PM

Digital Surveillance and Urban Education in Minneapolis Public Schools
Location: Lake Harriet United Methodist Church (4901 Chowen Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55410)
Date/Time: April 18th, 7:30-9:00 PM

Who’s Classroom? Student Voices on Schools as Community Spaces
Location: Central High School (275 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104)
Date/Time: April 25th, 6:30-8:00 PM