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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5:00–8:00 p.m.


Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom
Ruth S. Harley University Center

Place-based Education: Making School More Like a Farmer’s Market

The Robert and Augusta P. Finkelstein Memorial Lecture Series

Please join us in the ballroom at 5:00 p.m.  before the lecture for a reception to meet and greet Anne Mungai, Ph.D. the new Interim Dean of the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education.

The landscape of schooling has begun to look like the sprawl of America. Generic textbooks designed for the big markets of California and Texas provide the same homogenized, unhealthy diet as all those fast food places on the strip. Educational biodiversity falls prey to the bulldozers of standardization. What is nearby has become parochial and insignificant.

Place-based education is a response to the alienation of schools from community, and the decoupling of schools from historic sites, local landscapes, and farms. Instead, we need schools organized around the principles of the farmers’ market, drawing on the resources and variety of the local community.


5:00–6:00 p.m. Reception Hosted by Future Teachers of America
6:00–7:15 p.m.  Lecture by David Sobel followed by Q&A
7:15–8:00 p.m.  Closing Reception and Dessert Mixer Hosted by Students of the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education

About the Speaker

David Sobel is senior faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire, and he consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education. He has authored eight books and more than 60 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists and school administrators in the last 25 years. His most recent book is Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning published by Redleaf Press.

He has served on the editorial boards of Encounter, Community Works Journal and Orion Afield and writes a regular column for Community Works Journal. His articles and essays have appeared in Orion, Encounter, Sierra, Sanctuary, Wondertime, Green Teacher, PlayRights, Harvard Education Letter, Yes! and other publications. He has contributed chapters to Father Nature, Education, Information and Transformation, Stories from Where We Live-The North Atlantic Coast; Place-based Education in a Global Age; and The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion published by The University of Chicago Press.

Faculty Coordinators:
Robert Linne
Tracy Hogan
Diana Feige
Mary Jean McCarthy
Administrative Support:
M. Antonella Sullivan
Assistant Dean:
Patrice Armstrong-Leach
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