The Currere Exchange

by Tom Poetter and Denise Taliaferro Baszile

The Department of Educational Leadership's PhD program in "Leadership, Culture and Curriculum" (LCC) is hosting a new conference called the Currere Exchange this summer, June 1-3, 2016, at Miami's own Marcum Conference Center.  The retreat is designed to engage “complicated conversations" (Pinar, 2012) among a diverse community of curriculum and education activists.  The retreat is an opportunity for graduate students, teachers, school administrators, community activists, professors, citizens, and youth who are interested in curriculum and cultural studies to affirm, connect, and refresh their personal, scholarly, and social action agendas.  By focusing on Autobiography as a Method for Personal Development and Political Action, the retreat intends to help participants surface new points of view, challenge the status quo in schools and society, and provide outlets and direction for those interested in troubling the intersections of identity, culture, leadership, curriculum, and politics.

The purposeful ends of the retreat are to engage participants in a non-traditional conference format focusing more on conversation than presentation, more on dialogue and meaning making than performance, in order that they might create individually and collectively a more just community and society in the present and future, a more relevant and rich curriculum and pedagogy for all, a more robust democracy, and a more prominent role for autobiographical scholarship as social action in the discourses on leadership, culture, curriculum, teaching, and schooling.

Please contact Tom Poetter at or Denise Taliaferro Baszile at for more information.