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Spring 2017 Askwith Forums and Debates Announced

askwith-logoThe Askwith Forums invites you to participate in its spring 2017 season. The Harvard Graduate School of Education’s series of public lectures dedicated to conversations on the challenges facing education was established in 1998. Additionally, this semester, HGSE will host the ongoing Askwith Debates, where experts model respectful discourse while exploring opposing views on controversial topics.

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February 14: Driving Change: Challenges Superintendents Face in Urban Schools
Kaya Henderson, Dean’s Distinguished Visiting Fellow and former chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools, was joined by Tommy Chang, superintendent of Boston Public Schools, and Tom Boasberg, superintendent of Denver Public Schools. Professor Andrés Alonso, Ed.M.'99, Ed.D'06, moderated the discussion.

February 16: A Book, a Page, a World: The Artistic Journey of an Author and an Illustrator
Lesa Cline-Ransome, author, and James Ransome, illustrator, explore the picture book worlds created for children and their work as a creative team to bridge history, heritage, culture, and curiosity. Senior Lecturer Pamela Mason, Ed.D.’75, faculty director of the Language and Literacy Program, will moderate. 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Askwith Hall.

March 3: Take Action: Advancing Justice and Equity in Today's Climate
Activists, policymakers, scholars, and researchers will join forces to discuss systems of activism and how to motivate and create lasting change in education. The panel will consist of Arshad Ali, assistant professor at George Washington University, Michael Blake, assembly member from New York’s 79th District, Albino Garcia, Jr., Chicano/Native activist and director of La Plazita Institute in New Mexico, and Simran Noor, vice president of policy and programs at the Center for Social Inclusion. Adjunct Lecturer Christina Villarreal will moderate. This forum is held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC), Defy. Define. Dismantle. Forging Our Legacy Through Activism. 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Askwith Hall. The AOCC will present a Courage Award to Brandon Marshall, NFL linebacker, Denver Broncos.

March 6: A Conversation with Anne Holton, Champion for Public Education

As part of the Women in Education Leadership, Programs in Professional Education convening, Anne Holton, former secretary of education of the Commonwealth of Virginia, will be joined by Professor Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Ed.M.’92, Ed.D.’95, for a conversation about making a difference in the educational experiences and outcomes for all young people. Holton has devoted her career to serving as an advocate for Virginia’s families and children through a number of roles, including as a juvenile court judge, First Lady of Virginia, and Virginia’s Secretary of Education. She recently was appointed to Virginia's Board of Education.  She also served as director of the Great Expectations program, an initiative that helps young people aging out of foster care obtain higher education through Virginia's community colleges. Holton, the wife of Senator Tim Kaine (VA), 2016 Democratic vice-presidential candidate, will share her perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing public education today. 5:30 – 7 p.m. in Askwith Hall.

March 21: A Conversation with Beverly Daniel Tatum
Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, will discuss her innovative leadership and her research on racial identity development and the role of race in the classroom. This forum is held in conjunction with Race, Equity, and Leadership in Schools, a new Programs in Professional Education convening, celebrating the 35th anniversary of The Principals’ Center at HGSE. 5 – 6:30 p.m. in Askwith Hall.

April 27: Askwith Forum with Bill Drayton
Bill Drayton, founder, CEO, and chairman of Ashoka, will keynote this forum, which is held in conjunction with the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Education Deep Dive, Empowerment in Education: Understanding the Possibilities for Change. Drayton will be joined by Professors Monica Higgins and Fernando Reimers, Ed.M.’84, Ed.D.’88, and Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter. 5 – 6:30 p.m. in Askwith Hall.