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August 17, 2004

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- New York University Professor Pedro A. Noguera will speak on “The Great Promise of American Education” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Lobby.

The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the La Crosse School District and the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

Noguera is an urban sociologist whose extensive research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. He has served as the Judith K. Dimon Professor of Communities and Schools at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the past three years and as a professor of social and cultural studies and as the Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of California, Berkeley from 1990 to 2000. He earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from UC-Berkeley in 1989.
“The Great Promise of American Education” will examine issues such as democracy and local control of schools, public education as the great equalizer, public schools as social safety nets, and Brown vs. Board of Education--racial equality through education.
“The presentation is especially timely because of the upcoming La Crosse School District referendum,” said Rick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. “We as a community need to better understand the importance of public education.”

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