Editor's Note: Media planning to cover Edelman's keynote address on June 22 should contact Steve Hartsoe in advance to reserve parking.
Durham, NC - Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, will speak at Duke University on Friday, June 22, as part of a three-day international conference focused on using service-learning in K-12 and college classrooms.
The third annual International Center for Service-Learning in Teacher Education Conference June 21-23 at Duke also will feature workshops, panels and roundtables offered by practitioners and scholars from around the world. They will discuss their research, teaching and outreach that integrates service-learning with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
Edelman will speak from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in Griffith Theater, located in the Bryan Center. Parking is available in the adjacent parking deck and visitor's lot.
Edelman's talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the University Box Office. For a service fee, tickets can also be ordered by phone at (919) 684-4444 or online.
The Children's Defense Fund is a nonprofit child advocacy organization Edelman founded in 1973 to help lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
Edelman has received more than 100 honorary degrees and many awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Other speakers during the "Conversations that Matter III: Research, Practice, and Policy" conference include:
-- Duke English professor Cathy Davidson, author of the book, "Now You See it: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn";
-- Dan Butin, founding dean and associate professor, School of Education, Merrimack College;
-- Andrew Furco, associate vice president for public engagement and associate professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota;
-- Carol Ma, assistant professor, Department of Sociology and Social Policy and assistant director in the Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan, University of Hong Kong;
-- Nadine Peterson, education faculty member, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
The conference is sponsored by Duke's Program in Education and the university's Service-Learning Program.
For more information about the conference schedule, pre-conference sessions, hotel and local information, visit www.icslte.org or contact Jan Riggsbee, director of Duke's Program in Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.