On April 11, academics and scholars from around the world converged on the University of Calgary to take part in "Talkin' Bout Their Generation: Empowered Youth in an Era of Chaos and Indecision", the Werklund Foundation for Youth Leadership Education's inaugural event. The full dsay conference featured international experts on a variety of topics related to youth and youth culture, including popular culture and youth, LGBT youth, youth and colour, and social activism and youth leadership.
In the evening, Henry Giroux, renowned cultural critic and one of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy in the U.S. gave the keynote presentation entitled, "Youth in Revolt: Coming of Age in an Era of Savage Inequality". A prolific writer, he is best known for his work in public pedagogy, cultural studies, youth studies, higher education, media studies, and critical theory. Giroux holds the Global TV Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton. Click on the links below to hear the introductions, his speech and view the slide show from the talk.
Please visit the Werklund Foundation for Youth Leadership Education's website at www.educ.ucalgary.ca/werklund/ for more info about the conference and the Centre.
Introduction by Shirley Steinberg
Dr. Henry Giroux talks about "Youth in Revolt: Coming of Age in an Era of Savage Inequality"