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The Askwith Education Forum, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is endowed through the generosity of Patricia Askwith Kenner and other members of the Askwith family, and acts as a galvanizing force for debate and conversation about education in its narrowest and broadest perspectives. Each year, the Forum welcomes a number of prominent people from diverse fields to speak about issues relevant to education and children. Recent topics have included immigration, values, affirmative action, education reform, and the arts. All of these events are free and open to the public.break

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  • A group of community organizers and students met in a classroom in Harvard's Graduate School of Education to speak with aspiring educators. The question they raised: _Are We Being Educated or Incarcerated?_ "There's too much emphasis on behavioral class management and curriculum development. As a result of such, there's very little engagement and relationship development between teachers and students. Consequently, our urban youth of color are not being effectively educated; they are being mentally colonized, marginalized, and incarcerated." — Emdin (2016) and Quiceno (2017) This discussion gave some youth an opportunity to share with Harvard students and education professionals their personal narratives about the disciplinary issues they have encountered within the public and charter school system. They also offered some recommendations to dismantle the "school-to-prison pipeline".
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  • Munir Jiwa discusses his current research, entitled: *Toward an Anthropology of Islam: Visual Arts and the Construction of Muslim Identities in the USA*. This lecture is part of the Arts in Education Program's John Landrum Bryant Lecture Performance Series. **Munir Jiwa** teaches at the New School University in the areas of anthropology and religion with a focus on the arts, museums, media, and material culture. He consults globally on the subject of Islamic affairs and communications.
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  • James Stigler, co-author of *The Teaching Gap: Best Ideas from the World's Teachers for Improving Education in the Classroom* and *The Learning Gap: Why Our Schools Are Failing and What We Can Learn from Japanese and Chinese Education*, speaks about his understanding of teaching and learning based on his research of math education in the United States, China, and Japan.
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    Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Robert Fried suggests that every teacher could be a passionate teacher, one who engages young people in the excitement of learning and ideas, if teaching were not being undermined by the ways we "do business" in schools. *The Passionate Teacher and Passionate Learner* draws on the voices, stories, and success of teachers in urban, suburban, and rural classrooms to provide a guide to becoming - and remaining - a passionate teacher, despite day-to-day obstacles. Following the success of *The Passionate Teacher: A Practical Guide*, Robert Fried's new book is an inspirational and practical guide to reclaiming students' passionate engagement in learning. All preschool children are passionate, curious learners. Somewhere along the way many, many kids become alienated from the passion for learning. Deborah Meier, principal of Mission Hill pilot school in Boston, author, and education reformer, provides commentary.
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    Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Betsy McAlister Groves, founder of the nationally recognized Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, dramatically disproves the myth that very young children are not affected by violence. Drawing on her experiences with the project, Groves contends that many children in the US witness violence at home, in school and on television, and that adults can, and should, help these children cope with their reactions.
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    Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • The authors of three recent books address how closing racial achievement gaps is indeed possible.
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  • Deborah Meier discusses her new book, *In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardization*, which explores how we can restore faith in our schools in an age of standardized testing and curricula. In a multi-layered exploration of ways to engender trust between parents and teachers, between teachers and students, and among diverse ethnic groups, she traces the success stories of small public schools that she and her colleagues have created in Boston and New York. How do we create a dynamic where teachers and students are trusted to use their own judgment in education? Are standardized tests ever appropriate? She probes these, and other, provocative questions in this lively discussion.
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    Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Umberto Eco, author of *The Name of the Rose*, speaks about his latest book, *Baudolino*.
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    Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • The co-authors of Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet discuss how professionals can do work that is both expert and socially responsible, even in market-driven times.
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  • Jeff Perrotti and Kim Westheimer discuss the issues raised in their book, *When the Drama Club is Not Enough: Lessons From the Safe Schools Program for Gay and Lesbian Students*, which examines schools, individuals and programs that made a positive difference in all students' lives. Other panelists include gay and lesbian students, teachers, counselors, parents, and researchers.
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    Harvard Graduate School of Education