Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium

March 12-13, 2020


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The 2020 Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium has been postponed and moved to a virtual-only format this year due to COVID-19 concerns. We are in the process of planning when exactly it will take placelikely August or September 2020. Because we are no longer limited by space and funding, as we were with the in-person conference, the virtual conference will be open to all who are interested. If you’d like to follow developments, please join our mailing list (linked at bottom of page). Thank you.

Welcome to the 2020 Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium!

Join us for a symposium that will bring together the ongoing discourse surrounding critical pedagogy among academic librarians, critical pedagogy scholars, and teaching faculty. This biennial event has been hosted by the University of Arizona Libraries since 2016. CLAPS received a Special Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation from ACRL's Instruction Section in 2019. 

Location: The University of Arizona in Tucson
Dates: March 12-13, 2020
Price: Registration for the symposium is free.

What is critical pedagogy?

Critical pedagogy recognizes that education is shaped by outside political and economic forces, often to the detriment of politically and culturally marginalized students. Those who practice critical pedagogy teach students how to recognize and critique the oppressive power structures inherent in educational systems.

Conference hashtag and mailing list

This year's hashtag is #claps2020.
Take a look at tweets from the 2018 conference #claps2018.

Join the mailing list
For symposium updates, join our listserv by sending a blank email (erase your signature if necessary) with “subscribe firstname lastname” in the message subject line.


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Get lodging information for this year's conference. Reserve your hotel soon, before everything is booked!

Lodging options

Schedule & Keynote

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Learn about thought-provoking ideas that engage and inspire you.

Full schedule Keynote speaker

Code of Conduct

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Create a safe and productive environment for everyone.

Read the code of conduct