Acclaimed Scholar to Speak at Brooklyn Founders Day Lecture

BROOKLYN, NY – September 5, 2012 – In keeping with St. Joseph’s tradition of excellence in teacher preparation, Dr. Deborah Meier, one of the foremost thinkers on education policy in the nation, will present the College’s annual Founders Day lecture on Monday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m. Her talk, entitled, “Schooling for Ruling: How Schools Make a Democracy,” will take place in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium located at 245 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. This event is free and open to the public.

Deborah Meier is a senior scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, FairTest, SOS and Dissent. She spent 45 years working in K-12 public schools in New York City (East Harlem) and Boston (Roxbury), including leadership of several highly successful small democratically run urban schools, most notable the Central Park East schools and Mission Hill. Her books include The Power of Their Ideas and In Schools We Trust. In 1987, she was the first educator to receive a MacArthur “Genius” Award and currently blogs with Diane Ravitch for Education Week, a national newspaper covering K-12 education.

“For over nine decades, St. Joseph's College has been at the forefront of teacher preparation , and our alumni have played a pivotal role in educating tens of thousands of students  in the New York metropolitan area,” stated Dr. Richard Greenwald, academic dean, School of Arts and Sciences. “As we honor the intellect and spirit of those women who opened the doors to St. Joseph’s on Founders Day, we are thrilled to have Dr. Meier, a true visionary in education, to speak about the driving issues in this crucial field.”

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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