First Advisor

Margesson, Robert

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Taylor, Jason


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

81 pages


This thesis is concerned with the questions, What would liberty look like in the context of a POW camp? What role does education play in practicing freedom in such an environment? What does critical pedagogy have to do with education as the practice of freedom? Paulo Freire's and bell hooks' ideas about critical pedagogy and education as the practice of freedom have influenced this thesis, and provide guidelines for the case study of a school in a Somali POW camp, where Tidenek Haileselassie's father was held after the Ethiopian-Somali War of 1977 and 1978.
Tibebu Haileselassie is prominently featured in this thesis, as the man who played an important role in establishing the school in a POW camp where he himself was held captive. The ideas of critical pedagogy are applied to his work, as well as that of other teachers and students who worked with him. This real-life example grounds the researcher's study of critical pedagogy in real-world experience.

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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