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Radical Feminism, Radical Marxism, Radical Love: A Professor Encounters Mother Teresa

Prof. Mary Poplin
Claremont Graduate University

6 Oct 2016 (Thursday) | 7pm-8:30pm | Loke Yew Hall, HKU

Co-sponsored by: The Veritas Forum, Faith and Global Engagement, HKU Women's Studies Research Centre

Mother Teresa (HKU93 honorary doctorate Social Sciences), a Catholic nun who devoted her life to helping India's poor, was arguably the most influential spiritual revolutionary of her time. Canonised by Pope Francis, the "saint of the gutters" served the poor of Calcutta and challenged religious thought of people the world over.

Prof Mary Poplin (Claremont Graduate University) has chronicled a unique path of philosophy and belief; her story is one of intellectual crisis and transformation. A self-proclaimed 'radical' marxist and feminist, Prof Poplin was changed in a sabbatical season in Calcutta. The change of radicalism was triggered by the work and love of the Missionaries of Charity, and a few poignant interactions with Mother Teresa.

Mary Poplin is a professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. In 1993, after having been a feminist, multiculturalist and Marxist, Prof Poplin worked for two months with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta to understand why she said their work was religious work and not social work. From that experience she began to explore the academic and social repercussions of the various feminist and justice movements. In the arena of higher education, Poplin examines four major worldviews – material-naturalism, secular humanism, pantheism, and Judeo-Christianity – and explores their implications for human behavior and their evidence for their truth. Her recent books include Finding Calcutta in 2008 and Is Reality Secular in 2014.

Admission Free. Registration required.


Highly Effective Teachers of Vulnerable Students

Prof. Mary Poplin
Claremont Graduate University

7 Oct 2016 (Friday) | 12:30pm-2pm | Room 203, 2/F, Runme Shaw Building

Co-organized by: HKU Faculty of Education, HKU Faith and Global Engagement

Chair: Dr Liz JacksonAssistant Professor 
Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education • HKU Faculty of Education

Discussant / Respondent: Dr Wang Dan
Associate Professor • Head of Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences Education • HKU Faculty OF Education

Professor Mary Poplin will give an overview of the findings of a two-year study of 42 highly effective teachers of particularly vulnerable populations at vulnerable times (grades 4-10 and community college remedial students). She will summarize the teachers' instructional practices, relationships with students, dispositions, as well as their students' perceptions of their teachers. She will also look at this in the context of the two pedagogies - explicit and constructivist. This will be followed by a response from Professor Wang Dan, Head of the Division of Policy, Administration and Social Sciences.

Mary Poplin is a professor in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She began her career as a public school teacher in north Texas, has been both the Dean of the School of Educational Studies and Director of Teacher Education MA program at various times. Her latest education research involves studying 41 highly effective teachers in low-performing urban poor schools working with specific vulnerable populations.

Admission Free. Registration required.

Gender Plus Religion: Christianity, Feminism and Freedom

Prof. Mary Poplin
Claremont Graduate University

3 Oct 2016 (Monday) | 5pm | Room 4.36, 4/F, HKU Run Run Shaw Tower

Co-organized by: HKU Women's Studies Research Centre, HKU Faith and Global Engagement

The history of the feminist movement in the U.S. reveals a move from a broad based political movement for justice and freedom to a more ideologically driven one. In the intersectionalities between justice, religion, politics andwomen’s studies there are significant conundrums. Paradoxically while the later movement positions itself as more inclusive, women who are conservative, women who place a high value on children and family, and women who find freedom in religion (e.g., in Christ) now question their place in the “movement”.

About Gender Plus:
“Gender Plus” sponsors events that engage stakeholders across the university community. Drawing on interdisciplinary and intersectional theoretical frameworks, as well as candid and practical reflection on the progress and process of engendering inclusivity through engaging a diversity of perspectives, Gender Plus conversations cover a host of themes highlighting these vital intersections and connections.

Free Entry. All Are Welcome.

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