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UM Lecture Examines Nations's Education Crisis - Patrick Allitt, 4/9, University Of Montana, Missoula

March 21, 2007View for printing

Patrick Allitt, director of the Center for Teaching and Curriculum at Emory University in Atlanta, will give the next installment of the President’s Lecture Series at The University of Montana.

Allitt will present “The Crisis of Education in America” at 8 p.m. Monday, April 9, in the University Theatre.

Earlier that day from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m., Allitt will give a seminar titled “The Joys and Sorrows of College Teaching” in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.

Both events, presented in conjunction with UM’s Center for Teaching Excellence, are free and open to the public.

Allitt’s lecture will address questions about the nation’s contemporary educational system. Why does higher education cost so much? Why do so many children still drop out of high school? Why don’t American children score as well on tests as kids in Japan, New Zealand and Sweden? Why has middle-class children’s quest for college admission turned into a vast annual ordeal?

Allitt will talk about how some of these situations are not as bad as people have been led to believe. He also will speak about other issues that may not have been considered and could be even worse.

Allitt teaches U.S. history at Emory University. He received a bachelor’s degree in modern history from Oxford University in 1977 and a doctorate in American history at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1986. He was a Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Study of American Religion during 1992-93.

He is the author of several books, including “I’m the Teacher, You’re the Student: A Semester in the University Classroom” and “Religion in America Since 1945: A History.”

His articles have been widely printed in prestigious publications such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Journal of American History, the American Historical Review and the New York Times.

Contact: Richard Drake, history professor and lecture series organizer, 243-2981, ... 07&npa=1568


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