Archive of Previous Brodie Lectures

 Laura Perna

Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

"Increasing Higher Education Attainment for All Students: The Need for a Comprehensive Approach"

Dr. Laura W. Perna
Executive Director, Penn AHEAD & Chair, Higher Education Division
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

 Diana Hess Spencer Foundation University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"Race, Income, and the Reduction of Inequality in American Education"

Sean F. Reardon
Center for Education Policy Analysis
Stanford University
7:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Diana Hess
Spencer Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison

7:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Diana Hess Spencer Foundation University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brodie Lecture PosterThursday, October 25, 2012

"Civic Education:  What, Where, How, and Why"

7:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
Levy Institute Research Professor
Bard College

Deborah L. Ball, Dean School of Education University of Michigan

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Hopelessly American?  The Challenge of Responsible Education"

7:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Deborah L. Ball, Dean
School of Education
University of Michigan

Wednesday, December 2, 2009:

"Rising to Meet Obama's Challenge: What the Crisis in Educational Attainment Means for Urban High Schools"
7:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Melissa Roderick

Melissa Roderick Hermon Dunlap Smith Professor
School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Melissa Roderick is a co-director at the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago. She currently serves as a special advisor to the Chief Executive Office of the Chicago Public Schools for Planning and Development where she previously served as director. Roderick is an expert in urban school reform, high-stakes testing and minority adolescent development. Her work has focused attention on the transition to high school as a critical point in students' school careers. She has conducted research on school dropout, grade retention and the effects of summer programs.

Professor Roderick is the lead principal investigator of a multi-method evaluation of the impact of Chicago's efforts to end social promotion, "The Effects of the Chicago Public School's Promotion Policy and Summer Bridge Initiative on Student Achievement and Opportunity to Learn," funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. Her new research is examining the determinants of successful transition to post-secondary among Chicago students.


October 2, 2008:
Diane Ravitch
New York University
The Perils of School Reform 
7:00 p.m.
Pickard Theater 

Dr. Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander in the administration of President George H.W. Bush. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As Assistant Secretary, she led the federal effort to promote the creation of state and national academic standards.

She has lectured in Poland, the former Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the former Soviet Union, Hungary, the former Yugoslavia, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, and throughout the United States. Her lectures on democracy and civic education have been translated by the USIA into many languages, including Polish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Russian, Belarussian, and Ukrainian. Her books have been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Swedish, and Japanese.

She is the author of:

  • The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (Vintage, 2003).

  • Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

  • National Standards in American Education: A Citizen's Guide (Brookings Institution Press, 1995).

  • What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know? (Harper Collins, 1987).

  • The Schools We Deserve (Basic Books, 1985).

  • The Troubled Crusade: American Education, 1945-1980 (Basic Books, 1983).

  • The Revisionists Revised (Basic Books, 1978).

  • The Great School Wars: New York City, 1805-1973 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974).

September 27, 2007
Gregory Michie College of Education, Illinois State UniversityGregory Michie
College of Education, Illinois State University
We Don't Need Another Hero: Urban Schools and the Promise of Public Education in America

Bowdoin Orient Review: Educator Michie challenges urban education myths

November 2, 2006
Tommie Lindsey
Educator & Author

Tommie Lindsey, Jr.Tommie Lindsey, Jr. graduated from the University of San Francisco with a major in Communications and Social Science. For the past 18 years, he has taught forensics, rhetoric and debate at James Logan High School in Union City, California. In 2002, Lindsey was featured in the award-winning PBS documentary “Accidental Hero,” a story about students from a multi-racial high school gaining life-changing inspiration from their coach (Lindsey) through the art of public speaking and debate. In 2003, he was awarded Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Award, and in 2004 he received one of 23 Genius Grants from the MacArthur Foundation. Lindsey co-authored the book, It Doesn’t Take A Genius: Five Truths to Inspire Success in Every Student.

September 29, 2005
We Are All Pluralists Now: The Surprising History of America's Culture WarsJonathan Zimmerman
Director, History of Education Program
Steinhardt School of Education
New York University
We Are All Pluralists Now: The Surprising History of America's Culture Wars
7:00 p.m. - Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center - Bowdoin College
Event is free and open to the public

Professor Zimmerman is the director of the History of Education Program in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education. His academic articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Teachers College Record, and History of Education Quarterly. Zimmerman is also a frequent op-ed contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, and other newspapers and magazines. His most recent book, Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools, received the 2003 History of Education Society Outstanding Book Award.

September 30, 2004
Howard Gardner
John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Goodness in Schools

September 18, 2003
Pedro Noguera
Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
City Schools and the American Dream

April 18, 2002
David Tyack
Vida Jacks Professor of Education and Professor of History
Stanford University Graduate School of Education
Majoring in Failure:  Mismatch of Pupil and School

April 12, 2001
Charles V. Willie

Charles W. Eliot Professor of Education Emeritus
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Diversity and Student Achievement

April 27, 2000
William Ayers
Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar
University of Illinois at Chicago
Teaching as an Act of Hope:  Equity and Social Justice in Education

April 29, 1999
Ellen Langer
Professor of Psychology
Harvard University
The Power of Mindful Learning

Inaugural Lecture:
April 30, 1998
Deborah W. Meier
Principal, Mission Hill Elementary School, Roxbury MA
Senior Fellow, Annenberg Institute, Brown University