DeMarzo Lecture Series on Teaching Excellence: The Challenges of Teaching for Democracy in a Time of Political Climate Change

Thursday, February 7, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

DeMarzo Chair In Education Lecture Series

Save the Date!! The sixth annual DeMarzo Lecture Series on Teaching Excellence will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2019. As you may know, this lecture series features outstanding scholars addressing a broad range of issues around teaching. Dr. Diana Hess, Dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give this year’s lecture titled: The Challenges of Teaching for Democracy in a Time of Political Climate Change.

Since 1997, Dr. Hess has been researching how teachers engage their students in discussions of highly controversial political and constitutional issues, and what impact this approach to civic education has on what young people learn. Her first book on this topic, Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion won the National Council for the Social Studies Exemplary Research Award in 2009. Her most recent book, The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education, coauthored with Paula McAvoy, won the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award in 2016 and the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2017.

Professor Hess is deeply committed to working with teachers to improve the quality of democratic education in schools. To that end, she frequently keynotes conferences and leads professional development courses and workshops. Professor Hess serves on the board of the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago and the iCivics Scholars Advisory Board.

Please join us! Seating is limited, so you must RSVP if you plan on attending. You can RSVP here!


Who to contact:

Colleen McDermott