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Academic Festival 2019

Join the TC community on campus on Saturday, April 13 for our signature homecoming event, Academic Festival!  This year's event, Creating Pathways for All to Flourish, will feature:

  • An exclusive screening of Personal Statement followed by a panel discussion with Director and Producer Juliane Dressner; TC Professor Riddhi Sandil, Director of the College Advising Initiative; Liz Willen, Editor-in-Chief of The Hechinger Report; and a student from the film. This moving documentary, which is making its SXSW debut this month, addresses the guidance gap through the stories of three Brooklyn high school seniors;
  • Interdisciplinary Breakout Sessions on today‚Äôs trending topics such as the Power of Storytelling, First Generation Representation and Social Justice in Practice, as well as a Tribute to the late Dr. Lee Knefelkamp, a pioneer in student development theory;
  • Academic Showcases where you can learn more about the innovative work and research taking place at TC today;
  • STEAMnasium, an interactive exhibit that allows educators, children and parents to experiment with STEAM-based learning;
  • WeBop, a fan favorite offered in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center for music lovers as young as 8 months; or a DJ & Music Production Workshop offered by Noise212 Labs for those in grades 2-8. (Parents or guardians must accompany minors.);
  • The EdTech Innovation Showcase and Awards Presentation which will have teams of student entrepreneurs pitching their innovative EdTech solutions in a live Shark Tank-style finale in the Smith Learning Theater; and
  • Student Research Poster Session & Networking Reception where you can get first-hand insight into the level of research students undertake and also make meaningful connections with fellow alumni, students and friends!

The day will kick off with a celebratory brunch honoring the Golden Alumni Society, as well as our 2019 Alumni Awardees, including:

Distinguished Alumni Awardees

  • Bruce Ballard (Ed.D. '94), a Parkinson's disease activist
  • Fanshen Cox (M.A. '97), a Hollywood changemaker
  • Denny Taylor (Ed.D. '81), a family literacy expert

Early Career Awardees

  • Kim Baranowski (Ph.D. '14), a human rights champion
  • Tony Alleyne (M.A. '10), a student advocate
  • Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams (Ed.D. '12), a peace educator and preeminent supporter of educational equity

And the inaugural Alumni Award for Outstanding Service recipient, Joohee Son (Ed.D. '13), President of TC's Korean Alumni Association.

Additionally, the Shirley Chisholm Dissertation Award will be presented to alumna Lisa Edstrom (Ed.D. '18), and the Morton Deutsch Award for Social Justice will be presented to Outstanding Scholar Mariame Kaba.

Register at


April 13, 2019, 10:00 AM

April 13, 2019, 5:00 PM

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