James A. Banks
Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies
& Director of the Center for Multicultural Education,
University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Lecture that will be presented at the University of Iceland, October 17, 2015
Global migration is increasing racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity in nations around the world, which is challenging existing concepts of citizenship and citizenship education. Many nation-states have failed to structurally integrate religious, cultural, ethnic, and linguistics minority groups into their societies and nation-states.
In this lecture, Professor Banks will describe why nation-states need to construct novel ideas about citizenship and citizenship education that accommodate new population groups but also foster national unity. Multicultural nation-states need to balance unity and diversity. Professor Banks will describe the challenges to citizenship caused by ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and religious diversity and maintain that citizenship education should be transformed and help students to develop reflective cultural, national, regional, and global identifications and the knowledge and skills needed for civic engagement.
Reference for lecture
Banks, J. A. (Ed.). (2009). The Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education. New York & London: Routledge.