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CEPS Newsletter 92–March 2020

Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago
CEPS Students and Alumni,

Greetings, CEPS Community,

As you head out (or stay home) for spring break, I have a lot of information to share with you. We have a number of events coming up, including fall course registration, two opportunities to meet and hear from Dr. Erin Castro, our visiting lecturer from University of Utah, on March 9, CEPS Reading Group on March 19, CEPS Movie Night on March 23 (Featuring the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle), the CEPS Doctoral Student outing on Monday April 13, and of course commencement ceremonies on May 5! Please join us at these events to commune with your colleagues and professors.

We want to stay better connected with our alumni and to make new connections with prospective students and supporters via out Twitter account. Please follow and tag us at @LoyolaCEPS and we will follow you back! This is a great place to share information about upcoming events, publicize opportunities and accomplishments, and learn more about members of our community. On the subject of connecting with prospective students, CEPS is also launching an ambassador program, seeking masters students to speak with prospective masters students within and beyond the LUC community.

Finally, please share submissions for our newsletter with me—about upcoming events, opportunities (local and/or academic employment, calls for conference proposals, publishing opportunities). Please edit your submissions down to 5-10 lines of text, including (where applicable) an url.

I wish you a restful week to come.

Best regards,

Dr. Kate Phillippo, CEPS Program Chair, 2019-2020
CEPS Program Newsletter #092 – March, 2020


A1. Summer course registration
Please register for summer courses immediately. Courses with insufficient enrollment may be cancelled. Courses available include RMTD 400, RMTD 404, and ELPS 458, International Education.

A2. Dr. Erin Castro: 3/9
Please join us for two events related to CEPS and Higher Ed’s co-hosted visit by Dr. Erin Castro, Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. At 12:30 on the 9th, there will be a lunchtime conversation (with lunch provided) that is intended for graduate students, in Lewis 1030. At 5:30, Dr. Castro will deliver a lecture titled, “Building the field of higher education in prison: Thoughts on equity, research and practice.” This event will take place in Corboy Room 209.

A3. Fall course registration
Fall registration opens March 26. Please speak with your academic advisor and register as soon as possible. Fall tuition bills will not be due until August 5, regardless of when before that date you register.

CEPS Graduate Courses (all offered on Water Tower Campus) are:

Core courses
ELPS 405: Introduction to Education Policy, Dr. Jules. Thursdays, 4:15-6:45 pm
ELPS 410: Sociology of Education, Dr. Phillippo. Tuesdays, 7 pm-9:30 pm
ELPS 420: Philosophy of Education, Dr. Shuffelton. Wednesdays, 4:15-6:45 pm

Advanced Seminars
ELPS 500: Seminar in Current Educational Literature: Youth, Education and Societies, Dr. Phillippo. Tuesdays, 4:15-6:45
This cross-disciplinary seminar considers how youth encounter and enact education in formal and informal settings across multiple societies. It takes a critical approach to human development among children and youth, considering how developmental processes intersects with different learning and schooling spaces and what the consequences are for youth learning, identity formation and well-being. It also considers the extent to which schools “socialize” young people, and how youth exercise agency within schools and other learning spaces with adults, among peers, and in civic and policy arenas. Finally, this course considers youth as producers of educational research, exploring both research methods that engage youth as researchers, and the products of youth-generated education research.

ELPS 520: Education Policy Seminar: Justice, Dr. Shuffelton. Wednesdays, 7 pm-9:30 pm
As a seminar in philosophy of education, this course explores the meaning of justice, which, as philosophers have noted for millennia, is not a simple question. Students will explore three prominent contemporary approaches to justice: political liberalism, the politics of difference, and capabilities. By the end of the course, students should understand the complexity of social justice and be well-versed in several productive approaches to grappling with the claims of justice and diversity in educational policy and practice.

ELPS 564/565: M.Ed. Internship, Instructor TBD. Permission to register required (Identification of an internship site is required to obtain permission to register. Please work with your academic advisor and the current course instructor, Professor Yver Melchor, to identify an internship site before your intended internship semester.)

A4. CEPS Ambassadors: Organizational Meeting
Please join CEPS M.Ed. student Karina Arango and Dr. Phillippo on 3/17, at 3:30 in Lewis Towers 1050 for a brief discussion about our Ambassador Program, for which we are seeking M.Ed. or MA students to volunteer to speak with individuals or groups who are interested in learning more about masters-level study in CEPS. We will provide information to support Ambassadors’ work and will gather contact and availability information at this meeting. Please contact Dr. Phillippo or Karina Arango (karango1@luc.edu) for more information.

A5. Annual Reviews: Coming Soon!
Please look out for annual review documents and instructions—this is a document that you’ll complete that helps you keep tabs on your progress through the program and toward other goals that pertain to your program, that you and your academic advisor will have an opportunity to review.

A6. CEPS Movie Night
Movie night will take place on Monday, March 23 from 6:45-9:00 in Corboy Hall room L14 (on the lower level). We will watch the 1955 film, Blackboard Jungle, described as an American social-commentary film, that critically highlighted violence and racial tension in urban schools and also helped spark the rock-and-roll revolution by featuring the hit song “Rock Around the Clock” (1954) by Bill Haley and His Comets. This movie presents an image of urban and suburban schools that is at once strikingly different from and similar to today’s schools. Heavy snacks will be provided; friends, family members and community members outside of CEPS are invited. Please RSVP by 3/20 to Karina Arango at karango1@luc.edu.

A6. Doctoral Student Outing
This year’s CEPS Doctoral Student outing will take place walking distance from Lewis Towers on Monday, April 13 just after Dr. Deane’s class (7 pm). All CEPS staff, faculty and doctoral students are invited—details to follow.


The International Educators of Illinois (IEI) is a state-level organization that promotes and supports the professional development of individuals in the field of international education within the state of Illinois. IEI’s annual conference for 2020 will be hosted in just a couple of weeks, March 12-13, at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. The conference brings together hundreds of international education professionals through collaborative workshops and informative conference sessions that cover a range of topics across various areas of the field; this includes Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, International Enrollment Management, and more. Student discounts are available – register before March 1 before prices increase! more information, feel free to contact intledillinois@gmail.com.




Monday, March 2-Saturday, March 7 – Spring Break – No Classes
Thursday, March 26 – Fall 2020 registration begins at 1:00 PM
Thursday, April 9-Monday, April 13 – Easter Holiday Break
Friday, April 24 – Last day of Spring classes
Monday, May 18 – Classes for Summer A semester begin
Friday, June 26 – Summer A semester ends
Monday, June 29 – Classes for Summer B semester begin
Friday, July 31 – Last Day to submit graduation applications for December degree conferral
Friday, August 7 – Summer B semester ends
Monday, August 24 – Classes for Fall semester begin