WSU Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Studies to host inaugural lecture Nov. 20


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Wayne State University's College of Education next week will mark the beginning of a new collaborative research initiative with an inaugural lecture featuring a bestselling author who hails from Detroit.

Founded in September, the Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Studies intends to "honor the lifework" of Leonard Kaplan, a professor emeritus of WSU's education college, a press release says. The collaborative will produce research for community organizations, educational stakeholders, education reporters, policy makers and peer-reviewed journals, the release says.

“As a prominent scholar deeply committed to educational justice for youth in urban settings, Dr. Kirkland exemplifies the core vision of the Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies,” said Tom Pedroni, associate professor of curriculum studies in the College of Education and director of the Kaplan Collaborative, in a statement. “That vision is to bring the research capacity of College of Education faculty into more direct engagement with educators, community organizations and policy-makers who share an interest in nurturing quality education for the whole child in metropolitan Detroit and Michigan.”

To honor the occasion, David Kirkland, a bestselling author and cultural critic, will deliver the keynote address inside the McGregor Memorial Conference Center. Kirkland, a Detroit native, currently is an associate professor of English and urban education at New York University. The release says he will speak about the "complexities of teaching and learning in an urban setting." 

The evening will also include a panel discussion following Kirkland's address. Expected participants include: Helen Moore, Keep the Vote No Takeover; Michelle Fecteau, of the State Board of Education, Ellen Cogen Lipton, a state representative who serves on the House Education Committee; Sandra Gonzales, a bilingual and bi cultural education professor at WSU; and Coleman Ward, of the Detroit School of Arts. 

The event is free and anyone is able to attend. WSU says hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Free parking will be available for attendees at Lot 31 on W. Ferry Avenue, right off Anthony Wayne Drive. The even will take place Thursday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. inside the McGregor Memorial Conference Center.

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