PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Zak Stein, speaking on “Ethics and the New Education: Testing, Pills and the Future of School” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
The theme for this year’s Sidore Lecture Series is “Whatever Happened to Ethics.” The Sidore Series suggests that, “from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues.” Series speakers will discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions.
Stein will explore trends in educationally oriented psychopharmacology, large-scale standardized testing, and how educating children requires a more holistic and human approach. He is an award-winning scholar and researcher who focuses on issues related to human development and the philosophy of education.
Stein is the editor for Mind, Brain, and Education, and has been published in several journals. He has presented at dozens of professional conferences and held teaching appointments at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and John F. Kennedy University. Stein currently teaches through Lectica, Inc., and at Harvard.
The next speaker in the series will be political activist Medea Benjamin, Oct. 9, speaking on “The Obama Administration’s Use of Drones.”
The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.
Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.
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