Herbert Kohl, Leading Authority On Education, To Spend Week Of April 5 In Residency At Mount Holyoke College

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March 28, 1999
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HERBERT KOHL, LEADING AUTHORITY ON EDUCATION, TO SPEND WEEK OF APRIL 5 IN RESIDENCY AT MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGEKohl will Lead Documentary Discussion and Read from his Latest Book, The Discipline of Hope, while in South Hadley

South Hadley, MA--As part of the semester-long inquiry into some of the most pressing issues of public education, Mount Holyoke College will host noted author and educational activist Herbert Kohl for a week-long residency, starting April 5. While in South Hadley, he will lead discussion following the screening of a documentary on inner-city schooling and read from his latest book at the Odyssey Bookshop. A senior fellow at the Open Society Institute, Kohl's publications include 36 Children and The Discipline of Hope.

About Kohl: At the center of his teaching and writing, Herbert Kohl has been and remains committed to equity and justice for children. Educated at Harvard, Oxford, and Columbia Universities, Kohl has taught in schools and universities across the country, and has been involved extensively with education alliance building at the national and international level.

A prolific writer, Kohl has won numerous literary awards, published several articles, and authored more than 30 books. His books 36 Children and The Open Classroom were national best-sellers, and The Discipline of Hope, which he co-authored with Myles Horton and his wife Judith Kohl, won the Robert F. Kennedy book Award.

On Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 pm in Hooker Auditorium, a screening of the documentary Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary will be followed by a discussion with Kohl and Mount Holyoke College Assistant Professor of English Elizabeth Young. The film, which won the 1997 Sundance Film Festival Freedom and Expression Award, is about the challenges of inner-city schooling in Los Angeles in the context of Proposition 187, violence, and poverty. The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

The evening film and discussion will continue the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership's spring focus on public education entitled Choices and Challenges for Public Education: Agenda for the 21st Century. The series began in February with a keynote address by Jonathan Kozol, another noted education activist, and has included a symposium on bilingual education as well as a panel discussion on the economics of school choice. Kohl will conclude the series on April 7 at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, by reading from his latest work, The Discipline of Hope.