Distinguished Speaker Series kicks off this month

UF’s College of Education kicks off its second annual Distinguished Speaker Series: “21st Century Pathways in Education” with a fall slate of three lectures scheduled in September and October.


September 15, 2009



UF’s College of Education kicks off its second annual Distinguished Speaker Series: “21st Century Pathways in Education” with a fall slate of three lectures scheduled in September and October.

The yearlong series promises a diverse lineup of distinguished speakers and topics of interest to educators, students and practitioners in numerous education and counseling disciplines. The College of Education is sponsoring the free speaker series, with each of its three schools lining up programs throughout the 2009-10 academic year. Besides visiting speakers from other institutions and agencies, the final lecture slate also will include presentations by UF faculty holders of the college’s prestigious endowed professorships and chairs.

All lectures are open to any interested COE, P.K. Yonge or UF faculty and students, and to appropriate practitioners, education alumni and the general public.

Below is the fall slate of Distinguished Speaker lectures scheduled so far:

Lecture #1

SEPT. 16 (Wednesday): 2 presentations in Norman Hall Terrace Room

  • noon – 1 p.m.
    “History of Multiculturalism in Counseling and Psychology”

    (brown bag lunch and lecture)
  • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    “Continuing the National Conversation on Race, Justice and Peace”

    (town hall meeting format)

Michael D' AndreaGuest Speaker: Michael D’Andrea, Executive Director, National Institute for Multicultural Competence; and Professor, Univ. of Hawaii

Notes: Over the past 25 years, Dr. D’Andrea’s scholarly work and publications (including six books) have focused on various psycho-therapeutic approaches in mental healthy therapy and research in multicultural-social justice issues in counseling, including white racism in the United States. His scholarly and clinical accomplishments have earned him a dozen national and international honors. He is equally known for his strong, vocal stances on a broad range of multicultural, social justice and peace issues in the fields of psychology, counseling and education. His work often focuses on the important roles psychologists and psychotherapists can play in fostering positive transformative changes in contemporary society.

Sponsors: UFCOE/School of Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education /Counselor Education program

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact:  Edil Torres Rivera (edil0001@ufl.edu)


Lecture #2

SEPT. 25 (Friday)
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.,

Norman Hall Terrace Room

“And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida’s Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers”

Karen GravesGuest Speaker: Karen L. Graves, Author and Associate Professor, Education, Denison University


  • Dr. Graves will base her lecture on her compelling book of the same title, detailing the persecution of lesbian and gay educators in Florida during the 1950s and ‘60s. Her work highlights the importance of sexuality in American and education history. Along with her Denison appointment, she is co-editor of Inexcusable Omissions: Clarence Karier and the Critical Tradition in History of Education Scholarship.
  • Sept. 24 (Thursday): Dr. Graves also will meet with interested students and faculty for an informal conversation from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 2329, Norman Hall.

Sponsors/Hosts: UFCOE/School of Teaching & Learning and UF History Department

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact: Sevan Terzian (sterzian@coe.ufl.edu)  


Lecture #3

Oct. 28 (Wednesday)
3 p.m.

UF Reitz Union, Room 282 

“Effective Online Teaching Practices”

Kathy CavanaughGuest Speaker: Cathy Cavanaugh, UF Associate Professor, Education Technology

Notes: Dr. Cavanaugh teaches and conducts research at UF’s College of Education in the areas of distance education, instructional design and classroom technology integration. She is acknowledged as a national expert in her field, most recently on the effective practices in virtual schools and in distance education and teacher leadership with classroom technology.

Sponsors: UF COE/School of Teaching & Learning/Education Technology program

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact: Cathy Cavanaugh (cathycavanaugh@coe.ufl.edu)

Additional lectures will be posted as they are scheduled.

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     Writer:   Larry Lansford, COE News & Communications, llansford@coe.ufl.edu