Global STEM events at Penn, FREE!

Attention all SoE Students:

Global Distinguished Lecture

Technologies for 

Generative Justice

Dr. Ron Eglash

Thursday April 24, 6 PM, followed by a catered reception

Berger Auditorium, Skirkanich Hall (School of Engineering)

200 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Global Distinguished Lecture is presented annually by Penn’s Africa Center, Center for East Asian Studies, Middle East Center, and South Asia Center. The event aims to promote discussion of issues of global prominence. This year’s speaker, Dr. Ron Eglash, will speak on alternative pedagogical tools for the study of science. Dr. Eglash (PhD History of Consciousness, UCSC) works at the intersection of culture, technology, and science, researching tools that tap into culture to teach math and science as well as the appropriation of science and technology by under-served groups. Eglash was the recipient of the American Anthropological Association’s “Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship” award (2009). He was also a TED Talk speaker, presenting a talk titled “The Fractals at the Heart of African Design.”

With additional support from Penn’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Departments of Anthropology, History & Sociology of Science, Physics & Astronomy and the Franklin Institute’s Science Festival.  


Event contact Raili Roy

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Meet the Dean Candidate Dr. Nancy Songer – Time change to 4pm Tuesday April 8th

Dear SoE Students –

We must apologize for the late notice, but please be advised that the meeting with the 2nd SoE Dean Candidate, Dr. Nancy Songer, has been moved to occur at 4:00pm tomorrow (Tuesday) instead of 8:45am; there was a change to the President’s calendar necessitating the move.  The meeting room will be the same, Room #004 in One Drexel Plaza. (You therefore may unset your alarm clocks if appropriate.)

If you haven’t yet done so, please RSVP to Patricia Debes ( for tomorrow, as well as for our 3rd candidate on Thursday at 2:45pm also in Room #004 of One Drexel Plaza. Thanks!!!

UPCOMING SoE Students Meet with SoE Dean Candidate Events

Dr. Nancy Songer
Professor of Science Education and Learning Technologies and
Director, Center for Essential Science, University of Michigan
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
4:00-4:45pm ET
One Drexel Plaza, Room 004
3001 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Dr. Heidi Ramirez
Independent Consultant (December 2012-Present) and
Chief Academic Officer, Milwaukee Public Schools

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
2:45-3:25pm ET
One Drexel Plaza, Room 004
3001 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

NOTE: The 4th and final candidate is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 10:15-11:00am. Kindly put a hold on your calendars.
Although the SoE would prefer that students attend in person if possible
, please know that if you are an online student, arrangements have been made for you to  participate using the following Adobe Connect link,

Please do make every effort to attend these VERY important meeting — in person (if possible), or online.

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Critical Conversations Lecture Series – Idealism Meets Reality in Urban Education- May 13th

SAVE the DATE!!!!!

Idealism Meets Reality in Urban Education:
A Screening & Discussion of The New Public

May 13, 2014
5-7:30 p.m.

Formal invitation and location to follow.

The spring installment of the acclaimed Critical Conversations in Urban Education lecture series will explore The New Public, the provocative documentary by Jyllian Gunther. The film chronicles the educational journey of a principal, students, parents, and teachers, who were committed to creating “the ideal school.”

For more information, call 215-895-6770 or email

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 Drexel University School of Education is pleased to host, The Making of Independent Course Markets (MOOCS and MOOCS-Inside-Courses) 

 Wednesday, April 9, 2014

4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

One Drexel Plaza
3001 Market Street
Room 004

Featured Speaker: Dr. Minghua Li, Professor, School of Public Administration, East China Normal University (ECNU)

 About the speaker: 

 Dr. Minghua Li is a professor at the School of Public Administration, East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai. He earned both an M.A. in economics and Ph.D. in economics of education from Stanford University. He worked in the U.S. as a consultant and market research professional until he joined ECNU in 2003. His current research interests are related to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). His recent research includes education of migrant workers; community colleges, higher education reform and best practices; emerging educational markets; learning organizations with blended learning solutions and facilitation; and economics of education and finance. 

 From 2005-08, Dr. Li was the Principle Investigator on the migrant worker’s continuing education accessibility problems project sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the Ministry of Education of China, and the Municipal Government of Shanghai, and hosted at East China Normal University. From 2010-13, he was the Principal Investigator in a project entitled “Social Choices and Their Efficiencies of Higher Education Accreditation Institutions Among Nations,” sponsored by China’s National Natural Science Foundation.

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April Events Hosted by Graduate Studies Office

For more information, contact

Sandra Golis

Administrative Coordinator

Office of Graduate Studies

Drexel University

3141 Chestnut Street
Randell Hall, Room 240

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Tel: 215.895.0366 | Fax: 215.895.0495

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