The Philosophy of Maria Montessori: Wisdom for the 21st Century

Presented by Maria McKenna

Come spend time immersed in the work of an engaging and forward thinking 20th century female philosopher, Maria Montessori. A prolific writer and activist for children and peace making world-wide, Maria Montessori left behind a treasure trove of writing for future generations to explore. Nominated not once, but three times, for a Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to children's rights of peacemaking, Montessori has a great deal to teach the modern world. Her work is instructive and hopeful against the backdrop of our current global geopolitical climate. In this seminar, we will explore her theories and philosophies on human and child development, sustainability, peace-making, and the role of education in the larger political world.

About Maria McKenna

Maria McKenna is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Africana Studies and the Education, Schooling, & Society Program at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching focus on the social and philosophical contexts of American education, educational care, adn children's voices in educational research and practice. Her writing and research have been featured in a number of monographs and journals, including the Urban Review, Urban Education, and The School Community Journal. Professor McKenna is the 2017 recipient of the Reinhold Niebuhr Award, given annually to a faculty member or administrator whose body of academic research and life exemplify social justice in modern life. She is also a 2015 recipient of the Edmund P. Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.