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Parking for guests from the community will be available in the Maynard Street parking lot. You can then follow the walkway from the parking lot to the McCarthy Center, or walk along the sidewalk to the McCarthy Center.

A Republic of Learners

The President’s Distinguished Lecture Series was created in 2011 to bring scholars from across the country to the University for presentations on thought-provoking issues, ideas and theories. The theme of this year’s President’s Distinguished Lecture Series is “A Republic of Learners: Education as the Equalizer of the Human Condition.”  Horace Mann, who founded FSU in 1839, looked to education as “the great equalizer . . . the balance wheel of the social machinery.”  His words continue to ring true in FSU’s mission and core values, and remain as relevant today as they were 175 years ago. 

Richard Rodriguez, “Declassifying Difference: Undermining Race in America”
Monday, September 15, 4:30pm, DPAC

Richard Rodriguez is a noted intellectual who received The National Humanities Medal in 1993, which is the highest honor the Federal government gives to recognize work done in the humanities, and his work as a television essayist on the PBS "NewsHour" garnered him a George Peabody Award in 1997. He is the author of the internationally renowned Hunger of Memory (1982); Days of Obligation (1992), a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and Brown: The Last Discovery of America (2002).

John Demos, “The Heathen School:  A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic”
Wednesday, September 24, 4:30pm, MC Forum

John Demos, the Samuel Knight Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University, will lead a talk based on his new book unraveling the forgotten story of a special school for “heathen youth” brought to New England in the early 19th century from all corners of the earth. Located in Cornwall, Connecticut, this institution promoted the philosophy: convert them, educate them, civilize them, then send them back to found similar projects in their respective homelands. After a seemingly brilliant beginning, however, the plans ran afoul of racism, when some of the heathen students courted local women.

Jonathan Kozol, “Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools”
Tuesday, October 14, 4:30pm, DPAC

For nearly half a century, Jonathan Kozol has been a leading voice exposing inequities in the U.S public education system and proposing remedies. He is a recipient of the National Book Award for Savage Inequalities. His other books include Death at an Early Age, The Shame of the Nation, Amazing Grace, and Fire in the Ashes. Mr. Kozol taught for many years in the Boston public schools and has devoted the last few decades to championing the need to provide equal educational opportunity to every school-age child regardless of class, race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

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