Symposium addresses innovative approaches to education

Innovative approaches to education will be explored as former Grawemeyer Award in Education winners Carol Gilligan, Pasi Sahlberg and Vanessa Siddle Walker—all internationally renowned experts—come together on Oct. 15 to share their thoughts, ideas and research. UofL alumnus and journalist Bob Edwards will moderate the symposium that begins at 5 p.m., Comstock Hall, University of Louisville School of Music. The event is free and open to the public.

Bob Edwards gained fame and recognition as the first host of National Public Radio’s program “Morning Edition.” A Peabody Award winning member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, Edwards was the first broadcaster with a large national audience to join the field of satellite radio. He became the host of “The Bob Edwards Show” on Sirius XM Radio and “Bob Edwards Weekend,” distributed by Public Radio International. Those programs ended this year.

Carol Gilligan won the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 1992 for research highlighted in her book, “In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development.” She currently teaches a seminar on resisting injustice with David Richards at the New York University Law School, in addition to seminars on The Listening Guide Method of Psychological Inquiry. She has taught master classes for history Ph.D. students at the University of Cambridge and co-authored a play, “The Scarlet Letter” with her son. Additional information about Gilligan can be found here.

Pasi Sahlberg received the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2013 for his book, “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?” He has held several senior management positions in Finland, most recently serving as Director General of CMIO (National Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and also is an adjunct professor at the University of Helsinki and the University of Oulu, Finland. Learn more about Sahlberg here.

Vanessa Siddle Walker was the recipient of the 2000 Grawemeyer Award in Education for her book, “Their Highest Potential: An African American School Community in the Segregated South.” She is currently Professor of History of American Education and Qualitative Research Methods at Emory College. She has authored numerous articles, including a series of manuscripts on the segregated schooling of African American children in the South that have appeared in the “Harvard Educational Review,” “Review of Education Research,” and the “American Educational Research Journal.” To read Walker’s complete bio, go here.

The public is invited to take part in all of the Grawemeyer Awards 30th Anniversary Celebration events, which continue into mid-November and include conversations with, and presentations by, former Grawemeyer Award winners in education, religion, psychology, music and political science. The events address diverse topics, including “The Death and Life of the American School System,” “Mysteries of Human Memory” and “Insights into Corruption.” All events are free and open to the public.