I want to personally invite you all to attend two terrific events happening on the UW-Madison campus this week. I will be speaking at both and hope to see many of you there.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Department of Educational Policy Studies will be holding its annual conference. The topic is The Obama Education Agenda: Principles, Policies, and Prospects.
The speaker for the opening session, Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Union Theater, is none other than Diane Ravitch. (You can bet Liam is excited!) She will be talking about “The Future of Public Education.”
On Wednesday there will be several panels and a lunchtime session featuring former Wisconsin congressman David Obey. You might’ve seen the video of Dave attempting to get into the Wisconsin State Capitol building recently — I sure hope he talks about that. Take a look at the full agenda, and note that the title for my talk has been revised — I will now be speaking on Saving Public Higher Education for the Twenty-First Century: The Case for Pragmatic Idealism.
In addition, Wednesday night there will be a teach-in about the New Badger Partnership– Chancellor Biddy Martin’s vision for our public flagship. It will take place from 7-9 pm in Humanities room 2650. Panelists include: Steve Stern: Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff Programs, Chad Goldberg: Associate Professor in the Sociology Dept. and Vice President, United Faculty & Academic Staff (UFAS), AFT 223, and Ben Manski: Executive Director of the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution.
There’s plenty to do around here and a great need to get involved. Come join us!