DAVID DEFERRANTI: Up From Poverty: Can Africa Catch Up To Asia, HVRHS, Feb. 27, 2015, 7:30PM

“We are living in a time when people are climbing out of poverty in greater numbers and at a faster rate than at any other time in human history, bar none. And despite how much more there remains to do,” says David DeFerranti, “progress in health, education, etc. is actually stunningly rapid.”

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KIDS FOR CASH: Millerton Moviehouse, Feb. 1, 2015, 11:15AM

Hillary Transue, 14, made fun of her high school’s vice principal on line, Justin Bodnar, 12, cursed at another student’s mother, Ed Kenzakoski, 17, did nothing at all. Those three and almost 3, 000 other children were sentenced to a juvenile detention facility for minor infractions. In many cases their parents were persuaded or coerced into waiving their right to legal counsel.

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AMY CHUA: The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups In America, Salisbury Congregational Church, Nov. 14, 2014, 7:30PM

Amy Chua, author of her 2011 comic memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, and her husband Jed Rubenfeld will discuss their new book The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explains the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. In her memoir, Chua chronicled her iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, the Chinese way — and the remarkable, sometimes heartbreaking results her choice inspired. Achingly honest and profoundly challenging, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is one of the most talked about books of our times.

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RICHARD ELMORE: The Future of Learning And The Prospects for Schooling: October 10, 7:30PM, The Hotchkiss School

Harvard University Professor Richard Elmore says the nature of learning will be transformed over the next decade. He says the development of the neuroscience of learning and the increasing presence of digital culture will likely result in a steadily increasing divergence between “learning” as an individual and social activity and “schooling” as the formal institutionalized form of learning.

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