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HGSE Announces Fall 2011 Askwith Forums

DisplayThe Harvard Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce its Fall 2011 Askwith Forums, a series of public lectures dedicated to discussing challenges facing education, sharing new knowledge, and generating spirited conversation. Highlights this fall will include contemplations on teaching 9/11, a discussion about the Boston busing/desegregation project, and a talk by Professor Howard Gardner describing how truth, beauty, and goodness can be strengthened in education across the life span. All Askwith Forums are free and open to the public.

The complete fall schedule follows:

September 7: “Teaching 9/11” with Rutgers Graduate School of Education associate professor Thea Abu El-Haj, Harvard College professor Ali Asani, Yale University professor Beverly Gage, Harvard Divinity School senior lecturer Diane Moore, and Cranston, R.I. social studies teacher Christopher Oughltree. Moderated by HGSE associate professor Meira Levinson. 5:30–7 p.m.

September 20: “Learning from Boston’s Busing/Desegregation Project” screens the documentary Can We Talk: Learning from Boston’s Busing Desegregation Crisis, followed by a panel discussion with HGSE associate professor John Diamond, HGSE lecturer Karen Mapp, and Boston Busing Truth Project and Union of Minority Neighborhoods coordinator Donna Bivens. Moderated by HGSE professor Richard Elmore. 5–7 pm.

September 27: “40 Years of Teaching Thinking: Revolution, Evolution, and What Next?” with HGSE professor David Perkins. 5:30–7 p.m.

October 21: “Art, Architecture, and Activism: The Sugar Hill Project” with Adjaye Associates principal David Adjaye,  Broadway Housing Communities executive director Ellen Baxter, and artist and writer Faith Ringgold. Moderated by HGSE lecturer Steven Seidel and introduced by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. 4–5:30 p.m.

November 2: “The Future of Leadership: Perspectives on the Principalship” with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation deputy director Irvin Scott, and founder of the HGSE Principals’ Center Roland Barth. Moderated by HGSE senior lecturer Deborah Jewell-Sherman. 5:30–7 p.m.

November 8, 2011: “Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children’s Life Chances” with University of California Irvine professor Greg Duncan, Harvard Kennedy School professor Christopher Jencks, and HGSE professor Richard Murnane.  Moderated by HGSE professor Hiro Yoshikawa. 5:30–7 p.m.

November 15: “Educating through Entertaining Characters” with the Jim Henson Company chief executive officer Lisa Henson. 5:30–7 p.m.

December 1: “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed” with HGSE professor Howard Gardner. 5:30–7:00 p.m.

All forums are held in Askwith Hall at the Longfellow building on Appian Way in Cambridge, Mass. unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change, please check for updated information at: Attendees tweeting at Askwith events should use the #Askwith hashtag.

About Askwith Forums: The Askwith Forum, established in 1998 by an anonymous donor and named in honor of New York City public-relations consultant, writer and publishing executive Herbert Askwith, is a series of public lectures at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that provide an opportunity for practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to share their work, talk with one another, and advance proven practices that will improve learning opportunities for all.

Over the past three years, the Askwith Forum has featured a wide range of topics, including early childhood, civic and moral engagement, expanded learning models, educating for human rights, and international education. Topics are initiated by faculty, students, and alumni, and aim to address the highest-priority challenges facing the education sector.

Prominent speakers have included U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of the State Condoleeza Rice, American Federation of Teacher’s President Randi Weingarten, The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, and authors Eric Carle and Diane Ravitch.