LYNN PASQUERELLA: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education, 7:30 PM, Friday, Sept. 23rd Salisbury School

Does a liberal arts education obtained at great expense prepare students for today's job market? Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D. says that a discipline fostering critical-thinking, writing and arguing skills is necessary in a rapidly changing, globally interdependent world where the jobs of the future have not yet been invented.

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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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CIVIC LIFE PROJECT: From Students To Citizens, June 7, 2013, 7:30PM Housatonic Valley Regional High School

From Students to Citizens:
We will be showing four short documentary films about our communities. They were created this year by area high school students to examine and address some of the urgent issues of our time. Some of the film makers will be on hand to discuss their projects.

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RICH WILSON: Race France To France Friday, May 18, 2012, 7:30PM, Seifert Theater, Salisbury School.

Rich Wilson was one of 30 competitors who entered the 2008-2009 Vendee Globe, solo, non-stop, round the world sailing race. After 121 days of hurricane force winds, crushing fatigue and broken gear he was one of only 11 starters to complete the grueling 28,790 mile race. At 58 he was the oldest skipper in the race. He was also the only American and the only asthmatic. Along the way he endured broken ribs, a facial gash and compressed vertebrae. At one point he had to climb the 90 foot mast on his 60′ monohull Great American III to keep going.

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ANTHONY T. KRONMAN: The Humanities In The Age of Disenchantment, December 2, 2011, 7:30PM, Seifert Theater, Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT

Anthony T. Kronman, J.D., Ph.D., Author, Sterling Professor of Law (Yale Law School) Visiting Global Professor (NYU) Teacher in the Directed Studies Program (Yale).

Why are we here? Anthony Kronman says our colleges and universities are ignoring life’s biggest questions and we all pay the price. Students today find an academic environment richer than any have known before. They will find courses devoted to every question under the sun. But the questions that are missing deal with the meaning of life, what one should care about and why and what living is for.

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EVAN DOBELLE: Global Competitiveness and the Challenge to American Education, April 13, 2007

Dr. Evan Dobelle, spoke on “Global Competitiveness and the Challenge to American Education” on April 13, 2007 at Salisbury School. An educator and politician, Dr. Dobelle is currently the Executive Director of the Northeast Association of Colleges and Universities. He has been president of the University of Hawaii, Trinity College in Hartford, and City College of San Francisco. In the Carter administration, he served as US Chief of Protocol for the White House, and Assistant Secretary of State with the rank of ambassador. During the Reagan governorship in California, he served on his commission for educational reform. Dr. Dobelle has an abiding interest in educational reform and competitiveness.

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