16 Oct 2023

Professor Kathleen Lynch is keynote speaker at “A Window to the World”, the AONTAS Adult Education Summit 2023

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With just under a month to go until “A Window to the World”, the AONTAS Adult Education Summit 2023, we’re delighted to announce our keynote speaker on the day as Professor Kathleen Lynch.

Kathleen is an academic, and Professor Emerita of Equality Studies at the UCD School of Social Justice, and a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. She is an activist, whose work is guided by the belief that the purpose of scholarship and research is not just to understand the world but to change it for the good of all humanity. She has worked to promote social justice with community groups, non-Governmental organisations and statutory bodies, both in Ireland and abroad.

Kathleen has been very active in challenging inequalities in all fields of education. Her new book A Critique of Human Capital and Carelessness in Education will be published by Routledge in 2025. It is a sequel to Care and Capitalism, published by Polity Press, Cambridge in 2022.  

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The Summit is set to be our biggest event of the year. It takes place on 15th November in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. We are also delighted to announce that Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science, will be welcoming attendees to the event.  

We welcome anyone who has an interest in adult learning to join us for new perspectives on adult and community education. We will have two panel discussions and four workshops. The workshops will investigate new ideas in Learner Voice; new research results in Further Education and Training from AONTAS; new perspectives in adult learning from across Europe, particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and new ideas for teaching and facilitating adult learning in the classroom through creativity and the arts 

We have also partnered with community education providers from across the island of Ireland for our Community Education Exhibitors Partner Showcase to highlight and celebrate the variety, depth, and richness of the changes their work brings about for learners and their communities. Throughout the day, these groups and organisations will have stands exhibiting their work, with visual and documented evidence of their impact. 

There are only a few places left. The workshop on SDGs is now full. But there's still time to register for the other workshops. Register for the Summit here.