November 7, 2017

Department of Educational Studies
Critical Dialogues Seminar Series

The Eros of the Meal: Passover, Eucharist, Education

Seminar with Dr. Sam Rocha & Adi Burton, University of British Columbia
Tuesday, November 7, 2:30 – 4:00
Ponderosa Commons Oak House (PCOH) Room 2012

After outlining the common critique in two selected texts by Paulo Freire and Benedict XVI, we turn beyond the individual thinkers and into the mystagogy of their common religious traditions, beginning with an extended description of the Jewish ritual of Passover, foundational to a description of the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist to follow, but also definitive in its own right. In describing these two rituals we find a fuller consideration of the constructive responses by Freire and Benedict to the institutional objectification of the human person in the eros of the common meal. This is the mysterious freedom of eros that is a necessary condition for the possibility of true and lasting communion, essential for any liberating education and often missing in Marxist and other accounts of critical pedagogy that ignore its theological roots. Rather than reacting to these limits to the present, well-known literature, we carve out an alternate path.

Sam Rocha is assistant professor of philosophy of education in the Department of Educational Studies at UBC.

Adi Burton is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at UBC, specializing in ethics in student activism.