Opening Plenary:
Homage to Paulo Freire in his centenary

March 9th, 2021, 10 am (Sao Paulo) / 1 pm (London)

Frei Betto, Brazil

Frei Betto is a Dominican friar and writer, author of 69 books, many of them translated in multiple languages. He studied journalism, anthropology, philosophy and theology. He is an advisor to pastoral and social movements. He was a columnist for newspapers Correio Braziliense, O Estado de S. Paulo, O Estado de Minas, Hoje em Dia, O Dia, O Globo, and Caros Amigos magazine. In 1990 he was one of the founders of the Central de Movimentos Populares (CMP), and in 2000 he created the Frei Tito de Alencar Lima News Agency for Latin America (Adital).

He received several awards, in Brazil and abroad, for his fight for human rights. He also won several literary awards, among which the Jabuti award won in 1982 and 2005, the most important literary award in Brazil. He also received the Juca Pato Award after being elected by the Brazilian Union of Writers (UBE) Intellectual of the Year in 1986. In 2009, he was awarded the ALBA de Las Letras Award in recognition of his literary work.

At the end of 2014, he was the first person to win the Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns Award for his human rights career. In October 2015, he received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa in Philosophy, granted by the University of Havana.

In April 2016, the University Council of the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica awarded Frei Betto the Medalla Universidad Nacional “in recognition of his legacy that has so influenced art, education and other forms of expression and thought of humanity, especially in Latin America, in addition to spreading a culture of peace and respect for the Earth and human life. ”

In 2017 he was awarded by the José Martí University, of Monterrey, Mexico, the title Doctor Honoris Causa for his work in advancing education in Latin America.

He is a member of the World Council of the José Martí Project for International Solidarity.

On March 24, 2017, he received from the President of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, the Medal of the National Order of Merit, in the Grade of Officer, for his outstanding fight in defence of human rights, a trajectory that has made him a reference in the contemporary history of Latin America.

He is currently an adviser to Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the UN agency for Food Security and Nutrition Education (2019).

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Moderator: Thomas Tufte, Loughborough University London


9th to 24th March 2021

Paulo Freire

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