The Arts, Democracy and Education

Peter O’Connor, Associate Professor and Director of the Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre at the University of Auckland

Co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work


24 March, 2015

The Arts are central to participatory democracy. If imagination is offered as one possible response to declining civic engagement and the increasing radicalisation of minorities and the young, then the arts in education are positioned as central to the creation of critically aware and participating citizens. However, the arts are marginalised in neoliberal reforms of education as they are considered peripheral and trivialised. A case for the arts in education is made based on how it safeguards the freedoms and rights we can no longer be sure of.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Professor Peter O’Connor

Peter O’Connor is an Associate Professor and Director of the Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre at the University of Auckland. In 2012 he was awarded the Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies Alumnus of the Year award for his contribution to applied theatre and social justice.