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Education for Life series features acclaimed Johns Hopkins sociologist

Dr. Karl Alexander in downtown Baltimore, Md., Copyright Mike Morgan

The Riley Institute at Furman and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will present the second part of its three-part series, “Education for Life: Working together to fulfill the promise of education,” Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Younts Conference Center on the Furman campus.

Part two, “No Blank Slates: Family, Communities and Success and Failure in K-12,” will focus on strategies for successful school reform and the partnerships in place that help ensure positive student outcomes.

The cost for the session is $15.

Headlining the program is Karl Alexander, Ph.D., acclaimed Johns Hopkins sociologist and coauthor of The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. He will discuss findings from his landmark 25-year study of nearly 800 Baltimore school children.

The program also includes Terry Peterson, Ph.D., director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network and Board Chair of the National After School Alliance. Dr. Peterson served in South Carolina as Governor Richard Riley’s education director, and in Washington D.C. as education policy advisor to Riley, who was U.S. Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton.

Three-minute Snapshot presentations will be given on Spartanburg’s highly successful Cleveland Academy of Leadership; United Way’s federally funded OnTrack Greenville Middle Schools Initiative; Dream Connectors, which exposes middle schoolers to potential manufacturing and health care careers; Youth Apprenticeships, a statewide program of the technical college system; and South Carolina’s New Tech Network.

Sessions are moderated by Scott Henderson, Ph.D., Furman’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Education.

Part three of Education for Life continues June 21 and is entitled, “Reframing Higher Education for a Changing Society.”

A detailed schedule of events with speaker bios and registration information is available at the Riley Institute website. Or contact OLLI at (864) 294-2998.

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