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Book Talk: Mission to Teach, with Dipak Basu

Please join us for an encore reading and discussion of Mission to Teach: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Educator, biography of Professor Sreyashi Jhumki Basu who was a Teachers College doctorate in science education and a posthumous recipient of the TC Early Career award in April 2013. Dr. Jhumki Basu was a New York University who developed ground-breaking teaching techniques that were rooted in her own experiences as a teacher in embattled inner-city schools. She co-founded a public school in underserved Crown Heights of Brooklyn which acted as one of the laboratories for her work.

Author of the book and Jhumki’s father, Dipak Basu is founder of Anudip Foundation, a nonprofit company dedicated to improving livelihoods of poor rural people in developing countries through training in information technology and entrepreneurship. He currently serves as Anudip’s Chairman and CEO. Dipak also founded and served as Executive Director of NetHope, a technology alliance of the world’s largest aid agencies. He held senior management positions in Product Management and Professional Services at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, Dipak served as a consultant to the Government of India. Dipak is the recipient of the Tech Laureate award for IT in Humanity and the President's Award from Save the Children. He is a Cisco Leadership Fellow, a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers.

In 2009, following the loss of their beloved daughter the previous year, Dipak and his wife, Radha, launched the Jhumki Basu Foundation, to carry on her remarkable legacy.

This event is sponsored by the Program in Science Education, Office of Alumni Relations, and Gottesman Libraries. Copies of Mission to Teach may be purchased from the Columbia Bookstore.

A reception will follow, during which time books may be signed.

Registration for this event has closed. Walk-ins are welcome!  

Where: 306 Russell

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