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Porter Chair Speaker Series
 
 
 
 
2013-2014 Speaker Series

The John W. Porter Distinguished Chair in Urban Education presents the 2013-2014 Speaker Series: Reach, Teach, and Inspire. The 2013-2014 Speaker Series is hosted by the Department of Special Education, celebrating a century of excellence. Dr. Derrick Fries is chair of the Porter Chair Speaker Series Steering Committee. Guest speakers include:

Jonathan Kozol

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Jonathan Kozol

Jonathan Kozol

In the passion of the civil rights campaigns of 1964 and 1965, Jonathan Kozol gave up the prospect of a promising and secure career within the academic world, moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston, and became a fourth grade teacher.

He has since devoted nearly his entire life to the challenge of providing equal opportunity within our public schools to every child, of whatever racial origin or economic level. He is, at the present time, the most widely read and highly honored education writer in America.

When he is not with children and teachers in their classrooms, or at universities speaking to our future teachers, Jonathan is likely to be found in Washington, where he has spent much of his time in recent years trying to free our schools and children from the punitive and unsuccessful federal testing law No Child Left Behind — and to convince his friends within the Senate leadership that an obsessive emphasis on “teaching to the test” is unhealthy for our children and degrading to our teachers.

Jonathan received a summa cum laude degree in English literature from Harvard in 1958, after which he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. He has been called “today’s most eloquent spokesman for America’s disenfranchised.” But he believes that children speak most eloquently for themselves; and in his newest book, Fire in the Ashes, we hear their testimony.

Who:

Jonathan Kozol | Flyer (pdf)

Topic: Fire in the Ashes: Race, Justice, and the Struggle for Survival in our Urban Neighborhoods and Schools
Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Time: Lecture: 1:30 p.m. w/reception and book signing to follow.
Location:

EMU Student Center Ballroom


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Dan Habib

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Dan Habib

Dan Habib

Dan Habib is the creator of Including Samuel and the new film Who Cares About Kelsey? Habib is the Filmmaker in Residence at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Habib's films have been screened at universities, national conferences, and independent theatres, and have been used as a catalyst for inclusive education across the country and internationally. Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. In 2006 and 2008, he was named the national Photography Editor of the Year and he has been a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes and the Best of Photojournalism. He is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, New Hampshire with their sons Isaiah (16) and Samuel (13).

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Who: Dan Habib
Topic:

Screening of Habib's latest documentary film, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, followed by a panel discussion. News Release

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Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location:

Roosevelt Hall Auditorium

Cost: FREE and Open to the Public


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Colleen Wieck

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Colleen Wieck

Colleen Wieck

Colleen Wieck, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities of the Department of Administration, a position she has held for the past 30 years. She earned her BA and BS degrees in psychology, political science, social studies, and special education with summa cum laude honors and her master's degree is in school psychology. Her Ph.D. is in Educational Psychology with supporting areas in Public Affairs and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. Wieck has produced over 135 publications with the Developmental Disabilities Council, and has won several national media awards for video and digital media productions. She produced a series of 30 public policy papers about the Welsch consent decree, eight public policy papers about planning for the closure of the state hospital system in Minnesota, five public policy briefing books for public officials including A New Way of Thinking and several publications devoted to personal futures planning and self-determination. She is the primary creator of Partners in Policymaking, a leadership training program for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. She has given over 850 speeches and received over 55 awards.

Who: Colleen Wieck
Topic: Special Education: Where Have We Been?
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location:

EMU Student Center, Room 310

Cost:

FREE and Open to the Public | Flyer (pdf)


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Douglas Fuchs

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Douglas Fuchs

Douglas Fuchs

Douglas Fuchs received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in educational psychology with an emphasis in special education and school psychology. He currently holds the Nicholas Hobbs Endowed Chair in Special Education and Human Development at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, where he is also co-director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Reading Clinic. Dr. Fuchs has been principal investigator of 35 federally-sponsored research grants, most of which have come from the U.S. Department of Education. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 articles in peer-review journals, and has won best paper awards for several of these publications, including the American Educational Research Association's Palmer O. Johnson Award, the American Psychological Association's Fellows' Award (Division 16), the Samuel A. Kirk Award (Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children), and Best Paper of the Year Award (National Association of School Psychologists). From 1987 to 2002, he was co-editor of The Journal of Special Education.

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Who: Douglas Fuchs
Topic: A Multi-Site, Multi-Year Longitudinal Study of Bringing An Evidence-Based Educational Practice to Scale
Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:

100 Porter

Cost:

FREE and Open to the Public | Flyer (pdf)


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Barbara Ransom

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Barbara Ransom

Barbara Ransom

Barbara Ransom has more than 20 years experience as a plaintiff's attorney in disability rights. She has represented individuals, classes, and organizations in litigation relating to the U.S. Constitution, Americans with Disabilities Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and various state constitutions and civil rights provisions. Ransom formerly served as senior attorney for Disability Rights California.

Who: Barbara Ransom
Topic: Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline with Advocacy, Common Sense and the Law
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location:

203 Porter

Cost:

FREE and Open to the Public

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