In 1991, former University of North Texas faculty member, scholar and childhood educator, Velma E. Schmidt left her estate to the institution to establish the first endowed chair position at the university. Over the years, this endowment has facilitated a range of projects in higher education, community well-being, and scholarly research. Focusing on the complex social, cultural and global conditions in which we are all now embedded, the coming series of Velma E. Schmidt lectures are constructed to further our reconceptualizations of research in ways that reveal and attempt to resolve social justice issues while crossing academic and disciplinary boundaries. To that end, two Velma E.Schmidt lectures will be featured at the first annual meeting of the Texas Collaborative for Critical Qualitative Inquiry. This meeting will be held at the University of North Texas on Friday, February 24, 2012, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The Velma E. Schmidt lecturers will be Norman K. Denzin, Sociology – University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, Lecture title: Revisiting the Qualitative Manifesto, and Yvonna S. Lincoln, Education – Texas A&M University, College Station, Lecture title: Conflict in the Offing: Critical Social Science in the Corporatized University. The panel discussants will include Douglas Foley, Cultural Studies – University of TX, Austin, and Fran Huckaby, Education – Texas Christian University.
The meeting is open to everyone who is interested and registers. Early registration (by January 18, 2012) is $50 and includes parking (for those not already part of the UNT campus), lunch, and 2 scholarly publications from Left Coast Press. These books are The Qualitative Manifesto: A Call to Arms and Qualitative Inquiry and Global Crisis.
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We encourage qualitative, critical qualitative, and social justice researchers and others who are interested in these issues to attend.
Best wishes and see you in February,
My contact information can be found below.
Gaile S. Cannella, Ed.D., Professor
Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Studies
Critical Social Science and Qualitative Research Methodologies
Department of Teacher Education and Administration
College of Education
1155 Union circle #310740
University of North Texas
Matthews Hall 206E
Denton, TX 76203-5017