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Gutman Library Book Talks Feature Published Faculty, Big Names in Education

Graduate School of Education library’s “Distinguished Author Series” events are free and open to the public.


August 13, 2013—For two years Mark Shelton, head of collection development for the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Gutman Library, has organized a “Distinguished Author Series”—which features both HGSE faculty members and other reputable authors who have recently published books in the field of education. The formats of the talks can vary—there can be a single lecturer, a panel of speakers or even two presenters conversing about the topic. There is always an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

Gutman Library hosted 17 talks last year, and Shelton already has five talks—with a possible sixth—lined up for the fall. “Many of the speakers are faculty members who have recently published books,” Shelton said. “For them, it’s a great way to let the greater community become aware of their ideas—and not just students in their courses. We will also host other prominent authors from the field of education. The talks connect people to the authors and to the content of our collection.”

Presenters’ books are available for purchase, and refreshments are served. Speakers confirmed for fall 2013 are:

Sept. 10, 2013
Jal Mehta—The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling
5:30–7:00 pm, Gutman First-Floor Gallery

Sept. 12, 2013
Rebecca E. Wolfe, Adria Steinberg, and Nancy Hoffman—Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers
5:00–6:30 pm, Gutman First-Floor Gallery

Sept 26, 2013
Heather Shotton, Shelly Lowe, Stephanie Waterman—Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education
6:00–7:30 pm, Gutman First-Floor Gallery

Oct. 17, 2013
Sarah Carr—Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children
4:00–5:30 pm, Gutman Conference Center

Nov. 12, 2013
Helen Malone—Leading Educational Change (co-sponsored with Phi Delta Kappa)
5:30–7:00 pm, Gutman Conference Center

Past speakers have included Paul Tough, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot and Chris Dede. The author series complements HGSE’s Askwith Forums—a series of lectures featuring distinguished thinkers. John Collins, former head librarian for the Gutman Library, also played an important role in organizing speaking engagements, as did staff assistant Ann Flentje. Harvard students are sometimes involved in creating promotional materials. Shelton works actively to recruit speakers, but many faculty members, who appreciate the publicity, will reach out to him. “We are enthusiastic about getting the word out about our speakers,” Shelton said. “The more who come, the merrier.”

“Distinguished Author Series” events are free and open to the public.