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Massachusetts Educator to Deliver Brodie Lecture

Story posted April 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Deborah Meier, educator and author, will deliver the Brodie Family Lectureship Inaugural Lecture on Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College. Meier will be speaking on education-related topics. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Meier is the principal of Mission Hill Elementary School in Roxbury, Mass., and senior fellow at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University. During more than 30 years in public education, Meier has taught in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia public schools. She was the founder and teacher director of a network of public elementary schools in East Harlem, the founder-principal of Central Park East Secondary School and the founder of the Center for Collaborative Education, the New York City affiliate of the national Coalition of Essential Schools. Meier is the Coalition's vice chair, and is also a member of Boston's Center for Collaborative Education.

In 1995, she published her first book, "The Power of Their Ideas, Lessons to America from a Small School in Harlem." She won the 1980 Public Service Award from the Fund for the City of New York and a fellowship from the MacArthur Foundation in 1987. Meier is on the editorial board of Dissent magazine, The Nation and the Harvard Education Letter. She frequently writes and speaks on educational issues, encouraging new approaches to enhance democracy and equity in public education.

Meier attended Antioch College and earned her master's degree in American history at the University of Chicago. She attended schools of education at Bank Street College of Education, Chicago Teachers College, City College of New York, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania. She has received honorary degrees from nearly a dozen colleges, universities, and independent schools.

The Brodie Family Lectureship was established in 1997 by Theodore Brodie, a member of the Class of 1952 and an Overseer of the College from 1983 to 1995.

The fund is designated for the support of annual lectures at the College by a noted speaker in the field of education, addressing problems and practices of teaching and learning. Brodie is CEO of New England Insulation in Canton, Mass.

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