Award-winning education journalist and Teachers College Trustee John Merrow will headline a new-look academic homecoming event for TC alumni and friends on Saturday, April 25.
Styled as an “academic festival” and themed “Thinkbank 2.0: A World of Ideas,” the event will feature presentations by a stellar line-up of TC faculty on topics ranging from technology in education to bereavement in non-U.S. cultures, and will also include a musical jam session for alumni led by TC music education faculty.
“The theme is designed to be all-encompassing,” said Chris Greaves, Director of Alumni Relations at TC. “We are going to have something for alumni from all of our academic departments, and we want this to appeal to current students as well. We’ve met with the Student Senate and one thing we’ve done as a result of that feedback is to build a careers theme into the event.”
Merrow, the former education correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour on PBS and now executive producer and president of Learning Matters Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that produces TV, radio and Web programs, will share his observations on what’s worked in K-12 education—as well as what hasn’t—based on his 35 years of covering the education beat.
Other presentations and panel discussions that will be held throughout the day include:
Team members from EdLab, the creative service group based in the College’s Gottesman Libraries, will discussg AfterEd TV, the Ed Lab Web video channel. The team members are Brian Hughes, EdLab’s Head of Publishing and Design; Erin Murphy, Head Producer; and Gus Andrews and Amy O’Neal, both AfterEd producers and TC students;
Warner Burke, Chair of the Department of Organization and Leadership, and Deborah Noumair, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, discussing the challenges of managing change in an unstable environment;
Kevin Dougherty, Associate Professor of Higher Education, speaking about the financial challenges facing higher education;
TC alumni board members Alice Wilder, John King and Adam Vane, discussing unusual and interesting career paths that graduates of the College have taken after leaving TC;
Nancy Streim, Associate Vice President and head of the College’s Office of School and Community Partnerships, discussing schools as hubs for community services;
George Bonnano, Professor of Education and Psychology, discussing bereavement in different cultures.
During a special lunchtime event, the College will also present its Distinguished Alumni Award to four honorees: Patricia Lynne Duffy (M.A. ’81), an instructor of English as a Second Language and communications at the United Nations; Edward Dunkelblau (M.Ed. ’76), Director of the Institute for Emotionally Intelligent Learning; Joan Dye Gussow (M.Ed. ’74/Ed.D. ’75), the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita at TC; and Rawley Applebaum Silver (M.A. ’36), artist and art therapist. TC’s Early Career Award will be presented to Keiichi Ogawa (Ed.M. ’95/M.A. ’97/Ph.D. ’99), Professor of Economics and Education at the Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies at KobeUniversity in Japan.