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Democracy in American Education

Calendar of Events

Lehman Lecture: Leveling the Playing Field: Closing the Achievement Gap in the Nation’s Schools and Universities
April 10, 2018, 4:00 pm, Lovinger Theatre
Speaker: John B. King, Jr., President and CEO of the Education Trust

February 9, 2018, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Developing Your Teacher Identity Beyond the Classroom – NYC Men Teach Day Celebration – Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Speaker(s): NYC Men Teach Participants and Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz
Location: Faculty Dining Room, Music Building
Responsible Party: Fatima Sherif

February 28, 2018 Prison to College Pipeline – Re-Entry – Day Long Events

3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Voices from Inside and Outside The Prison Walls

Speaker(s): Kevin Chiles & Tony Chiles moderated by New York Times journalist, Alan Feuer
Location: Faculty Dining Room, Music building
Responsible Party: Suzette Ramsundar

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Voices from Inside & Outside the Walls: The Power of Education, Storytelling and the Arts Rehabilitation Through the Arts Movie, “Dramatic Escape,”

Location: Faculty Dining Room, Music Building
Responsible Party: Leslie Lieman and Suzette Ramsundar


March 12, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm Location: Faculty Dining Room
School Choice –What is Choice? Who Benefits? Wanting In (Charters and High School Admissions) and Opting Out (High Stakes Testing)
Speaker(s): Jamaal Brown, Founding Principal, CASA Middle School; Madeline Perez de Jesus, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, Equitable Community Practice, University of St. Joseph; Ric Campbell, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School
Moderated By: Dr. Deborah Shanley, Interim Dean, School of Education, Lehman College; Discussant: Dr. Rosa Rivera-McCutchen, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Lehman College

March 13, 2018, 10 am-12:30 pm
“It’s Never Too Late:” Adult Learners Discussing Their Experiences – a Panel and Community Discussion
Speaker(s): Panelists – Adult learners Discussing Their Experiences
Location: East Dining Room
Responsible Party: Dr. Jaye Jones and ALC

March 20, 2018, 4:00 pm
Numbing Lessons: Teaching in the Pain, Drama and Circumstance
Speaker(s): William Green and his Students, Principal Jumel Carlos, Superintendent Michael Alcoff and Dr. Chris Emdin
Location: Faculty Dining Hall Join the New York City Writing Project and Frederick Douglass Academy III teachers and students for a workshop and panel discussion. The discussion will focus on the connections among teaching, learning, and living in the Bronx. Mr. William Green, Chemistry and Forensics teacher, will share the lessons he has learned as student and teacher. Dr. Christopher Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of Mr. Green’s teachers, will be our special guest for the evening. Join us for this important conversation to learn more about:

  • lesson planning in the sciences
  • using Dr. Emdin’s reality pedagogy in your practice 
  • strategies for teaching new language learners in the science classroom
  • why students value these approaches and how they achieve some of the highest pass rates on the Chemistry Regents in the NYCDOE



 April 10-April 25th, Daily, during library hours:
Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination: Celebrating the Maxine Greene Collection at Lehman College
Speaker(s): Exhibit
Location: Leonard Lief Library Gallery
Responsible Party: Alison Lehner-Quam, Amanda Gulla, Marietta Saravia-Shore, Holly Fairbank, Maxine Greene Institute

April 12, 2018, 6:00-7:30
On Being Maxine Greene, Film showing, Exhibit opening, and Reception

Speaker(s): Film makers Karyn Cooper and Alison Mann
Location: Leonard Lief Library Fine Arts Classroom
Responsible Party: Alison Lehner-Quam, Amanda Gulla, Marietta Saravia-Shore, Holly Fairbank, Maxine Greene Institute


May 4, 2018, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
4th Annual Restorative Practices & Transformative Justice Conference: Challenges and Opportunities
Location: Lehman College, CUNY Registration (no register fees for students or faculty or staff) and conference information
For additional information, contact David Fletcher  -

May 15, 2018,  Time: 6:30 pm
Confronting Racism in Teacher Education: Counter Narratives of Critical Practice
Speaker: Dr. Bree Picower- Montclair State
Location: Fine Arts Classroom 226A
Responsible Party: Dr. Anne Marie Marshall

May 19, 2018, Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
NYC Writing Project Teacher-to-Teacher Conference
Author: Imbolo Mbue – NY Times best-selling author, Behold the Dreamers
Location: East Dining Room, Music Bldg., Lehman College,
CUNY Registration and conference information:
Responsible Party: Jane Higgins