The 2020 Education and Power Forum Series is a partnership between the Educational Studies Department and the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College, along with the East Side Freedom Library. The series will include four forums occurring every other week beginning on March 12th. 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 5:30pm (sharp!) on the evening of each forum and return by 8:30pm at the latest. If you are in need of transportation from other sites, please email Professor Brian Lozenski ( to make arrangements.

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.

Forum Details

March 12th

Bargaining for the Common Good: Community Intervention & Resource Distribution in St. Paul Schools
East Side Freedom Library, 6-8pm
Mentor – Robin Wonsley Worlobah (Education Minnesota)

April 22nd – webinar (registration link)
Lowering the Stakes: How Can We Reimagine Assessment?
East Side Freedom Library, 6-8pm
Mentor – Lars Esdal (Education Evolving)

April 7th (Cancelled)
Centering Student Voices: Re-envisioning Ethnic Studies for Liberation
Rondo Library, 5:45-7:45 pm
Mentor – Paul Spies (The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota)

April 26th (Cancelled)
Imagining Alternative Educational Spaces: Transformation and Aspiration
Location To Be Determined, 6-8pm
Mentor – Anthony Galloway (ArtsUS)

East Side Freedom Library

Exterior of East Side Freedom Library

We are thrilled to be partnering with the East Side Freedom Library, an institution dedicated to building solidarity among those seeking social transformation. Several of the forums will be held at the ESFL. The ESFL’s mission is to inspire solidarity, advocate for justice and work toward equity for all. You can find out more information about the Library on their website.


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The Education & Power Forum Series is sponsored by the Civic Engagement Center in the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College. The KAIGC’s mission is to foster global citizenship by advancing scholarship, reflection, and ethical action in our local, national, and international communities.