Professor, activist to be at UI next week

URBANA – School reform activist, education scholar and former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers will be a Unit One/Allen Hall guest-in-residence next week.

He will speak each night of his residency. All events are open to the public and take place in the Main Lounge of Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory St., U.

Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is founder of the Center for Youth and Society and founder and co-director of the Small Schools Workshop. He has written extensively about social justice, democracy and education.

His interests focus on the political and cultural contexts of schooling as well as the meaning and ethical purposes of teachers, students and families. Ayers' book "Fugitive Days" recounts his experiences in the Weathermen and the Weather Underground.

Here's the schedule:

– 7 p.m. Sunday, "The Weather Underground," screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary about Ayers and the rise and fall of this radical movement. Ayers will not be at the screening.

– 7 p.m. Monday, opening program, "Yes We Can: Reflections on Campaign 2008."

– 7 p.m. Tuesday, "Fugitive Days."

– 7 p.m. Wednesday, "Education for Democracy."

– 7 p.m. Thursday, "The New Activism."

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