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32nd Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture to Feature Harvard Education Professor

Dr. Meira Levinson, a leading researcher on educational ethics, youth empowerment, and civic education in K-12 schools, will be the featured speaker at the 32nd annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the Doré Theatre.  The event is presented by the Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield.

Dr. Levinson, a professor of education at Harvard University, will present a lecture titled, “Ethical Dilemmas in Democratic Education.” The lecture will focus on debates over schools’ roles and responsibilities in a democratic society, including discussion of recent school walkouts, student-led marches “for our lives,” sanctuary school debates, and more.

Dr. Levinson is a former classroom teacher in Atlanta and Boston public schools and a recent Guggenheim Fellow.  Her books include Making Civics Count and No Citizen Left Behind.  In 2013, No Citizen Left Behind was awarded the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association, the Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, and a Critics Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association.

Dr. Michael D. Burroughs, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics, described the lecture as “an important event for our community, one that will bring together community members and educators at CSUB and in Kern County to consider and discuss the role of and possibilities for ethics and civic education in our schools.”

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is free and available in Lots A, B and C after 6 p.m.

The lecture is made possible thanks to generous support from the Kegley Family, Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, Chevron, Adventist Health Bakersfield and Kaiser Permanente.

For more information on this event and other Kegley Institute of Ethics activities, please visit the KIE website at  

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