Rouge Forum

Call for Proposals 

Institute on Education and Society

June 24-27, 2004

Le Moyne College

Syracuse New York.


The Rouge Forum is pleased to announce its 2004 Summer Institute on Education and Society.

This interactive conference, building on a caring education community, will focus on creating and promoting ideas, programs and strategies for actively resisting inequality, racism, sexism and irrationalism in formal and informal educative settings. Previous institutes have supported efforts from divergent sectors of the education and wider communities in sharing ideas and coordinating action for change at the local, state and national levels. Please come prepared to participate.

Conference organizers are interested in presentations and papers that define and examine issues from a variety of critical perspectives. Proposals employing Marxian analysis do not need to be cleared with Homeland Security officials before submission! 

Because we are interested in not only understanding the world but also changing it, please consider proposing a session with one or more presenters leading a discussion focusing on strategies for education and social change. Therefore, please indicate on your proposal the category in which it fits:

     (1)   strategies for change
(2)   individual/joint paper
(3)   symposium
other (please indicate: film, play, etc.)

Of particular interest are papers and strategies concerning:

  • Impact of, explanations for, and strategies to combat  “high - stakes” testing on teaching and learning
  • Urban teaching, teacher education, and community issues
  • State control and regulation of knowledge
  • Standardization of Higher Education
  • Institutionalized racism and sexism in teaching and learning
  • School violence and the institutional violation of students
  • Urban teaching and teacher education
  • Education and the penal system
  • Globalization, privatization & commercialization of schools
  • Labor supplies and educational reforms
  • Teaching and the war on terror
  • Surveillance and censorship of teaching and curriculum

Submissions: Please send a one-page abstract of your proposal to Stephen C. Fleury ( by April 15, 2004.

Visit the Rouge Forum website for details on registration, housing and travel:

What is the Rouge Forum?  The Rouge Forum is a group of educators, community organizers, students, and parents seeking a democratic society. We are concerned about questions like these: How can we teach against racism, national chauvinism, and sexism in an increasingly authoritarian and undemocratic society? How can we gain enough real power to keep our ideals and still teach and learn? Whose interests shall serve in a society that is ever more unequal? We are both research and action oriented.

The Rouge Forum