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The Askwith Education Forum

The Askwith Education Forum logoThe Askwith Education Forum brings leading voices from across the field of education (and beyond) to the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) for rich and spirited conversations about issues affecting schools, universities, families, and communities. The events in our Forum series are highlights of HGSE's annual calendar, providing an opportunity for students, faculty, and other community members to come together to learn from, and engage with, the practitioners, policymakers, scholars, and thinkers who are shaping education and improving opportunities for all learners.

This lecture series was established in 1998 by the children and grandchildren of Herbert Askwith, A.B.'(19)07.
 
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Recent Event

Writing About Resilience and Courage

In this Children’s Author Series event, the Askwith Education Forum will welcome Mona Golabek, author of The Children of Willesden Lane. These books, written for different age groups, are stories of courage, perseverance, and resilience, centered on how Lisa Jura, Mona’s mother and a teenage refugee, held on to her dreams, survived the Holocaust, and illustrated the power of music as a form of healing. The discussion will delve into the story behind the books, the process of writing for multiple age groups, the creation of supplemental educational resources provided by The Willesden Project, and the timeless lessons the books and resources teach. This individual story has implications for courage, perseverance, and resilience across many communities.

Host

Pamela Mason, Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Co-Chair, Literary and Languages Master’s Concentration, HGSE

Speakers

  • Mona Golabek, Author of The Children of Willesden Lane books, founder and president of the Hold On To Your Music Foundation, and concert pianist
  • Rebecca Keel, Project coordinator for the Willesden READS program at the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education 
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Education Now logoEducation Now is HGSE's actionable 30-minute webinar series responding to the dramatic changes in the field of education in the wake of COVID-19. Our episodes provide insights and strategies to shape equitable new approaches to challenges across the education landscape.

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Watch past Askwith Education Forum events and the Future of Education convenings,
which were part of HGSE's Centennial celebration in 2020. 



 

 

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Coverage of Past Askwith Education Forums

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In this Children’s Author Series event, the Askwith Education Forum welcomed Mona Golabek, author of "The Children of Willesden Lane."

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