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By News editor 02/25/2015 12:23 PM EST
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On Friday, February 27, Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American, delivered the keynote address at the opening session of the 2015 Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC).

By Matt Weber 02/18/2015 3:20 PM EST
Sheryll Cashin

If most universities want their student bodies to be as diverse as possible, then why is the use of race-based affirmative action declining? The change, says Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University, is partly due to political…

By News editor 02/11/2015 4:38 PM EST
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At the Askwith Forum, panelists discussed what factors contribute to female underrepresentation in STEM.

By Jill Anderson 01/20/2015 1:30 PM EST

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce its spring 2015 Askwith Forums, a series of public lectures dedicated to discussing challenges facing education, sharing new knowledge, and generating spirited conversation. Highlights…

By Matt Weber 12/03/2014 1:08 PM EST
David Johns

On December 2, David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, visited the Askwith Forum to lead a discussion on educational opportunity. Johns engaged the crowd with his frank talk about…

By News editor 11/25/2014 10:52 AM EST
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Watch a video of the final Askwith Forum of the semester, "Closing the Gap."

By Matt Weber 11/19/2014 10:51 AM EST
Claude Steele

Renowned social psychologist and educator Claude Steele became even better known in 2010 with the publication of his book Whistling Vivaldi, which focuses on Steele's theory of "stereotype threat" as a possible explanation for the underperformance of…

By News editor 11/18/2014 12:33 PM EST
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The Askwith Forum on November 20 featured a discussion on successful education leadership with former leaders from school districts and charter management organizations.

By News editor 11/03/2014 2:09 PM EST
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This event was held from 5:30 - 7 p.m. on November 5. If you were unable to watch live, the video of the event is now available below.

By Matt Weber 10/28/2014 3:30 PM EDT
Mark Yudof

At the Askwith Forum, "Higher Education, the Cost Disease, and Systemic Reform," on October 27, veteran college administrator Mark Yudof delved in to the history of higher education funding, its current state, and the reforms that may be necessary…

By News editor 10/28/2014 11:19 AM EDT
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Sheryll Cashin, author of "Place, Not Race," and Richard Rothstein, research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, discussed the role of race and class in the future of college campuses at the Askwith Forum on Thursday, October 30.

By Jill Anderson 10/20/2014 1:19 PM EDT
Askwith Forum: Is Funding Fair?

The current system of public-school funding isn’t fair and needs to be made more equitable, agreed the panelists at the October 8 Askwith Forum, “Is U.S. Public School Funding Fair?” Despite an increased push from the federal government for…

By News editor 09/30/2014 10:45 AM EDT
Askwith Forum: Is Funding Fair?

 We welcome your thoughts on this forum below or by using the #Askwith hashtag.Moderator: Susan Eaton, Ed.M.’93, Ed.D.’99, research director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School; co-director,…

By Jill Anderson 09/30/2014 9:42 AM EDT

The Harvard Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce its fall 2014 Askwith Forums, a series of public lectures dedicated to discussing challenges facing education, sharing new knowledge, and generating spirited conversation. Highlights…

By Jill Anderson 05/02/2014 10:08 AM EDT
Patrick Sharkey and William Julius Wilson

At the Askwith Forum, “Urban Neighborhoods and the Persistence of Racial Inequality,” on April 29, panelists shared bleak forecasts about whether the country would turn around the downward spiral of poverty and racial inequality in…

By Matt Weber 04/23/2014 12:00 PM EDT
Kathleen McCartney

In this edition of the EdCast, Kathleen McCartney, president of Smith College and former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reflects on an exciting year involving a new job, book, and Twitter account. McCartney, co-editor of Harvard…

By Newseditor 04/21/2014 9:00 AM EDT
Rural Education

This panel will examine the role K-12 schools can play in supporting economic and civic renewal. Participants will discuss the key gaps in preparing students to be contributors to a knowledge-based economy and democratic participation, and examine…

By Jill Anderson 04/11/2014 4:33 PM EDT
Governor Deval Patrick

If you ask any of the researchers, policymakers, lawyers, and educators present at yesterday’s Askwith Forum, “Leveling the Playing Field for Education,” they will tell you that pathways exist for children to succeed in life. However, many will…

By Matt Weber 04/09/2014 1:49 PM EDT
Hiro Yoshikawa, photo by Janet Stearns

For 40 years, the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) has has been a champion of children, aiming to ensure every child a "Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life." On April 10, CDF's milestone will be celebrated…