London Branch Seminar
All are welcome. The paper is attached here.
There is a deepening economic, educational, and cultural divide between the rural ‘heartland’ interiors and large cities of the U.S. and Britain. This has immense implications for the opportunity of children in rural towns to achieve positions of respect in the wider society, yet educational researchers rarely address rural isolation as a barrier to equal opportunity. This paper will address several aspects of rural isolation, including its cultural aspects, similarities and differences between rural isolation and racial isolation, the role of educational system growth in shaping a geography of opportunity that increasingly disadvantages rural youth, and possible remedies.
Randall Curren is Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Education at the University of Rochester and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues (JCCV) at the University of Birmingham. He was the Ginny and Robert Loughlin Founders’ Circle Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, for 2012-2013, and held research professorships at the JCCV and Royal Institute of Philosophy in 2013-2015. His recent works include Living Well Now and in the Future: Why Sustainability Matters (MIT Press, 2017), and Patriotic Education in a Global Age (University of Chicago Press).