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Reinventing the Role of Humanities in Higher Education

Dean Stanton Wortham served as one of the four panelists at The Wharton School's Reimagine Education 2016. The panel discussion advocated for the value of a liberal arts education and the competition provided thought-provoking entries in academic innovation. It reminded us of the purpose of the humanities in higher education: to help students understand the complexities of what it is to be human.  

How Will We Address the Education Gap in 2017?

A part of The Brookings Institution Memo Series, City Connects' research reveals the benefits of leveraging existing community and school resources to improve the academic achievement of low-income students. "An estimate of City Connects’ return on investment finds that the costs of implementation can be outweighed three-to-one by the benefits to students, and to the nation," Professor Mary Walsh said.

The Focus of the New Education Age: Identity

“We cannot, should not, try to invest all our leadership hopes in one person, who could save us, or move us forward. We cannot, should not, invest our hopes in the identity politics of a particular leader,” Professor Andy Hargreaves said. He cautions against “identity politics” in education, using England as a positive example on how its schools avoid this issue through increased collaboration efforts among schools and communities.


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Spring 2017: Classes Begin

Tuesday, January 17

Classes resume for the spring semester.

Endowed Chairs Colloquium Series

Wednesday, Feburary 8

12:00 p.m.

The Endowed Chairs Colloquium Series will feature Dr. A.J. Franklin, Nelson Professor of Counseling, Educational, and Developmental Psychology. Dr. Franklin will present "The Impact of Inequalities upon the African American Community" in Campion Hall, Room 139.

Higher Education Interview Day

Thursday, February 16 & Friday, February 17


The Higher Education Department welcomes accepted students of the higher education programs to campus for on-campus interviews with employers from Boston College and other institutions within the Boston area that seek graduate assistants and interns for the upcoming academic year. The Department will send higher education candidates more information about the Interview Day process by mid to late January. (Event open to higher education candidates only.)

Recovery: The Making of HBO's 'Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing'

Thursday, February 23

6:00 p.m.

Patrick Downes graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in Human Development from the Lynch School of Education. He and his wife, Jessica Kensky, were severely injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, and both are now amputees. They participated in the HBO documentary “Marathon” to help people understand the complexity and nuances of recovery after tragedy. Downes will participate in the Park Street Corporate Speaker Series that will be hosted in Gasson Hall, Room 100.

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