Dec. 5, 2012: Book signing and discussion (1.5 CPDUs)

"We Don't Need Another Hero":
Book signing and discussion with author Gregory Michie, PhD

On Wed., Dec. 5, Concordia-Chicago's Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice invites you to attend a book signing and discussion with Greg Michie, PhD, author of the newly released book, "We Don't Need Another Hero."

In his latest book, Michie critiques high-stakes schooling and provides a powerful alternative vision of teaching as a humanistic enterprise, students as multidimensional beings, and schools as spaces where young people can imagine and become, not just “achieve.” Drawing on his experiences as a classroom teacher, community volunteer, researcher, and teacher educator in Chicago’s public schools, Michie offers compelling accounts of teaching and learning in urban
America. Mindful of the complex realities educators face, he portrays urban schools as they really are: sites of struggle, hope and possibility.

At a time when others relentlessly trumpet a competitive, data-driven, corporatized notion of education, he challenges the dominant images of failing urban schools and bad teachers. This book gives much-needed hope to new and seasoned teachers alike. It is also an important resource for school administrators, policymakers, parents, and anyone who wants to better understand what is really happening in American schools. 

The talk will be held in the Werner Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Snacks and a book signing will follow the talk in the adjoining Ferguson Art Gallery. The Werner Auditorium is number 5 on the campus map. Parking is available in the adjacent university parking structure, as well as on Bonnie Brae Place.

Michie is a faculty member with the Center and teaches with the critical perspectives in education master's program within the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. In addition, he teaches seventh and eighth grades in Chicago Public Schools.

This event is sponsored by the Concordia University Chicago Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice, the master of arts in critical perspectives in education program, and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs.

For inquiries, please contact:

  • Pamela Konkol
  • Director, Center for Policy Studies and Social Justice
    Associate Professor of Foundations and Social Policy
  • Email: pamela.konkol@cuchicago.edu
  • Telephone: 708-209-3540