The Diane Silvers Ravitch ’60 Lecture
Proponents of standardized testing and privatization in education have sought to prove their effectiveness in improving education with an abundance of evidence. These efforts, however, can have dangerous side effects, causing long-lasting damage to children, teachers, and schools. Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, will argue that education interventions are like medical products: They can have serious, sometimes detrimental, side effects while also providing cures. Using standardized testing and privatization as examples, Zhao, author of the internationally bestselling Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World, will talk about his new book on why and how pursuing a narrow set of short-term outcomes causes irreparable harm in education.
Generously supported by the Diane Silvers Ravitch ’60 Lecture Fund.
Apr 17, 7:30 PMEnvironmental Activism and Power Dynamics in Russia
Sociologist Kate Pride Brown discusses the history of environmental activism in the Lake Baikal region of Siberia and how corporate interests can burnish their public image by exploiting civic activist groups.Event Date:Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:30pm
Apr 30, 4:15 PMThe Betsy Wood Knapp ’64 Lecture: The Problem with Race-Based Medicine
Internationally recognized scholar and social justice advocate Dorothy Roberts is a leader in transforming thinking on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. With an introduction by President Paula Johnson.Event Date:Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 4:15pm
Apr 17, 6–7 PM
Apr 24, 3:30–5 PM