Freedom Seminars

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education's Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading (TLL) offers Freedom Seminar courses to help students understand education within shifting social, cultural, and political frameworks.

Course Structure:

  • 1-credit courses offered in the fall, spring, and summer terms

  • Open to all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh

  • Course title is EDUC 1067 for undergraduate students and EDUC 3067 for graduate students

Seminar Series Description:

The Freedom Seminars attend to a range of freedom projects, theories, pedagogies, and praxes. Each course is a focused engagement with a specific set of questions, ideas, and topics relevant for understanding education within social, cultural, and political movements, systems, and structures. Students study both the what and how of freedom through insurgent knowledge traditions. 

Act 48 Credits

For in-service educators who have already obtained their teacher certification, the Freedom Seminar courses can qualify for Act 48 credits. Please note: the Pennsylvania Department of Education makes educators responsible for ensuring that the course content aligns with their certification area. Visit our Act 48/Act 45 website for more information. 

Spring 2022 Courses

Africana Thought in Education Course pictureFreedom Seminar course flyer for Black Radical TraditionFreedom seminar course flyer on Community and Place course

Freedom Seminar flyer on freedom dialecticFreedom Seminar flyer on disabilities, genders, and free futuresFreedom Seminar flyer on Place, Collective Economies, and Environmental Justice

Freedom Seminar flyer on global water activismFreedom Seminar flyer on emotion and healing in justice education courseFreedom Seminar course flyer on going for broke, education for liberation course

Freedom seminar flyer on political education course

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Contact Us

For more information about the Freedom Seminar initiative, contact Dr. Sabina Vaught, Professor and Chair of the TLL Department, at svaught@pitt.edu.

Course Archive

View Freedom Seminar courses offered in past academic terms