Sachs Lecture

The 2023 Sachs Lecture

February 7, 2023

Ezekiel Dixon-Roman
Ezekiel Dixon-Román

Ezekiel Dixon-Román is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. His research seeks to make cultural and critical theoretical interventions toward rethinking and reconceptualizing the technologies and practices of quantification as mediums and agencies of systems of sociopolitical relations whereby race and other assemblages of difference are byproducts. He is the author of Inheriting Possibility: Social Reproduction & Quantification in Education (2017, University of Minnesota Press); recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Book Award from the American Educational Research Association. He is currently working on a book project that examines the haunting formations of the transparent subject in algorithmic governance and the potential for transformative technopolitical systems

Julius and Rosa Sachs Distinguished Lecturer

Lecture Series Background

Julius Sachs (1849-1934) was born in Baltimore, the son of a rabbi.  His older brothers became investment experts, forming a Sachs investment firm. At the time of his marriage to Rosa Sachs, the firm merged with rival Goldman.  Upon receiving his doctorate in Europe, he returned to New York to found the Sachs Collegiate Institute for Boys and Girls, which is today known as the Dwight School.  In 1902, Julius Sachs was invited by Dean Russell to join the faculty at Teachers College.  His fields included the classics, philology, archeology, and art.  Sachs was part of the Committee of Eight who, in 1909, wrote a new curriculum for teaching history which became a model for teaching social studies in the elementary grades. 

Dr. and Mrs. Julius Sachs established the lecture series in 1924 with the purpose of making it possible to bring distinguished visiting lecturers to campus, chosen by the Dean, to deliver lectures "on some phase of education best suited to promotion of progress in secondary education."

Past Lecturers

2022-2023 Ezekiel Dixon-Román Surrogate Pedagogy: AI Robots & Racial Hauntings
2020-2021 John L. Jackson, Jr. What Scholarship Looks and Sounds Like:
Toward An Auto-ethnography of Multimodality
2017-2018 Edward Warburton  
2016-2017 Mary Atwater  Action! Equity and Social Justice
2014-2015  Kenneth Zeichner  The Struggle for the Soul of Teaching and Teacher Education: Imagining a More Democratic Future for Teacher Preparation in the U.S.
  Viv Ellis  Transforming the Landscape of Teacher Education: Possible Futures for the Profession and Universities Working Together
  Wanda Blanchett 

Moving Towards an Equity and Social Justice Agenda in the Preparation of Teacher Educators

  Thomas Philip  Advancing Teacher Education's Engagement with issues of Race, Racism, & Racial Justice: Working at the Intersections and Tensions of Social Theory and the Learning Sciences
  Marilyn Cochran-Smith  Ed Reform’ and Teacher Education: The Policy Paradigm that Is Reforming (Deforming?) Teacher Preparation in the U.S.
  David Berliner  Evaluating Teacher Education and Teachers Using Student Assessments: A Deliberate and Destructive Misunderstanding of Teachers’ Effects
  Lauren Anderson  Navigate, Regenerate, and Agitate: The Politics, Purpose, and Pedagogy of Teacher Educator Preparation
2012-2013 Ryan S. J. D. Baker Educational Data Mining: Predict the Future, Change the Future
2011-2012 Pam Grossman Pam Grossman
2010-2011 Samuel Lucas On Exposure to Discrimination

When Some Are More Equal Than Others: Equalizing Opportunity in a Resistant Society

Social Sabotage: The Persistence of Societal Dysfunctions Despite Our Best Efforts
2005-2006 Carolyn Riehl Something Imagined, Not Recalled: Leading America's Schools Beyond their Maximum Lifespan
2003-2004 Richard Rothstein Accountability and Closing the Gap
2002-2003 Elizabeth Ellsworth Around and About the Limits of Education
2001-2002 Larry Cuban Why Is It So Hard to Get Good Schools?
2000-2001 Amy Stuart Wells  
1999-2000 Frank Newman  
1998-1999  Ursula Cassanova David Charles Berliner  
1997-1998 Henry M. Levin A Dream for All Children: Accelerated Schools; Educational Vouchers: Arming Ourselves for the Current Debate
1996 James Banks  
1991 Philip Jackson Untaught Lessons: Three Teachers Recalled
1976 A.H. Passow  
1959 K.G. Saiyidain Education and the Art of Living
1954 Field Marshall Viscount Montgomery of Alemein Education for Leadership
1951 T.H. Briggs The Secondary School Curriculum
1946 J.B. Conant Public Education and the Structure of American Society
1938 C.L.A. Bougle The French Conception of -'Culture Generale' and its Influence Upon Instruction
1935 D.E. Smith Challenging Problems in American Schools of Education
1931 C.H. Becker Secondary Education and Teacher Training in Germany
1930 M.E. Sadler Outlook in Secondary Education
1929 F.J.E. Woodbridge Contrasts in Education
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