Distinguished Lecture Series

Leaders of Practice

2017 Distinguished Lecture Series: Leaders of Practice

Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson visited Lehigh on April 18, 2017!
Stay tuned for our 2018 speaker!

About the Speaker

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts.

His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011.

Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.

In classrooms across the nation, educators are challenged each day to situate learning within the larger context of daily life. Ranked among the top graduate schools of education in the nation, Lehigh University's College of Education plays an important role in the community through educational and technology support, professional development, and leadership programs. Rooted in a close connection to area K-12 teachers, principals, and superintendents Lehigh's dedication to outreach education and human services crosses a broad spectrum from work with school districts on educational technology programs and school counseling issues, to providing professional development training to principals, superintendents, and head masters around the world, to collaborating with Allentown and Philadelphia hospitals and school districts for a specialized pediatric school psychology program. 

Past Speakers:

Geoffrey Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer for Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ)
Geoffrey Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer for Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ)

On November 10, 2015, Mr.  Geoffrey Canada, President and Chief Executive Officer for Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), presented "The Promise of Charter Schools." The College has focused its effort on finding common ground in the school reform debate. Mr. Canda provided the private side education side of the debate.

Dr. Diane Ravitch, Research Professor at New York University and education historian
Dr. Diane Ravitch, Research Professor at New York University and education historian

On February 10, 2015,  Dr. Diane Ravitch, Research Professor at New York University and education historian, presented "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools." The College has focused its effort on finding common ground in the school reform debate. Dr. Ravitch provided the pro public education side of the debate.

Transforming STEM: From Global Agenda to Classroom Success
Transforming STEM: From Global Agenda to Classroom Success

In 2013, local and national experts explored STEM through multiple perspectives. Teachers and parents learned how to engage STEM initiatives both at school and home. Speakers included Dr. Alexander Wiseman, Dr. Alec Bodzin, Dr. Christine Cunningham (Museum of Science, Boston), Dr. Sharon Lynch (George Washington University) and Dr. Thomas Hammond moderated.

Learning Disorders: Interventions that Work
Learning Disorders: Interventions that Work

Our 2012 lecture brought us "Learning Disorders; Interventions that Work" where George Batsche, Mary Beth Calhoon, Daniel Reschly, and Edward Shapiro provided examples of where Response to Intervention is working. The session gave teachers and parents information to implement RTI through the sharing of techniques and advice.

Challenging Behavior and Young Children: Preventative Strategies and Solutions
Challenging Behavior and Young Children: Preventative Strategies and Solutions

On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, five (George DuPaul, Edward Feil, Mary Louise Hemmeter, Phil Strain, and Breena Wood)  renowned childhood behavioral disorder experts provided a comprehensive overview in areas ranging from social skills and inclusion to communication and family supports. The evening presentation was moderated by Lehigh's Dr. Gary M. Sasso, Dean of the College of Education at Lehigh University. View the PowerPoint presentations for in-depth information.

Urban Education: Leadership That Makes a Difference
Urban Education: Leadership That Makes a Difference

In April of 2010 five urban education experts (George White, Richard Barth, Martin Blank, Floyd Beachum, and Karen Kolsky) provided an in-depth presentation on Urband Education and Leadership that Makes a Difference. View the PowerPoint presentations for in-depth information.

Leaders of Practice in the Autism Spectrum
Leaders of Practice in the Autism Spectrum

On May 3rd, 2009 five autism spectrum experts (Jed Baker, Paula Kluth, Lynn Koegel, Robert Koegel, and Joyce Mauk) provided an overview in areas ranging from social skills and inclusion to communication and family supports. The afternoon presentation was moderated by Lehigh’s Dr. Linda Bambara, Professor of Special Education.

Dr. Sally K. Ride, Reach for the Stars
Dr. Sally K. Ride, Reach for the Stars

In April of 2008 Dr. Ride discussed her rise through the NASA program and how she supports young women to pursue careers in math, science and technology. Dr. Ride is the President and CEO of Imaginary Lines, Inc. and a Professor Emerita of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. In her nine years with NASA, Dr. Ride worked in mission control on shuttle missions, flew on the space shuttle Challenger twice, and headed a study of NASA's mission options and future. 

Dr. Wangari Maathai, Empowerment and Escape From Poverty
Dr. Wangari Maathai, Empowerment and Escape From Poverty

On February 1st, 2007 Dr. Wangari Maathai, was the honored guest for the College of Education's 2007 Lecture Series. Maathai, a leading international advocate for women's rights and environmental protection, was recognized with the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Greenbelt Movement. The grassroots movement promotes environmental responsibility as a way to alleviate poverty and war.

2005: In April of 2005, president of The College Board and former governor of West Virginia, Gaston Caperton made Lehigh his first appearance since the implementation of the new SAT test. In his talk, "Winning the Race," he discussed the need for the U.S. to build the world's best educational system if it is to continue as a global competitor. He explained how, as governor, he turned around the failing schools of West Virginia and laid out a plan that would improve schools throughout the country.

2004: Standing-room only audiences gathered to hear the inaugural speaker, New York Times foreign correspondent Thomas L. Friedman discuss "Thinking through the Post-9/11 World" in the spring of 2004. The three-time Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist spoke on the "war of ideas" which he said is the basis of the al-Quida threat against America. He compared the situation in the Middle East to the Cold War of the 1950s and explored the cultural differences between the two areas of the world, as they relate to conflict.