Lecture Series & Colloquia

Featured series:

Next Generation MOOCs: Perspectives from the Learning Sciences

A special four-part lecture series organized by Professors Yasmin Kafai and Susan Yoon from January - April, 2014. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have taken higher education by surprise, some courses with over a hundred thousand registered students. Now that the first wave of MOOC courses has been offered and analyzed, what will the next generation of MOOCs look like? Read more.


Albert M. Greenfield Memorial Lectures

The Albert M. Greenfield Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation and curated by Penn GSE’s Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations Dr. John Fantuzzo. The foundation supports activities that carry on the humanitarian vision of the late Mr. Greenfield, who chaired the board of Bankers Securities Corporation and the Philadelphia Planning Commission. Read more.

Constance E. Clayton Lecture Series

The Annual Constance E. Clayton Lecture honors Dr. Connie Clayton, who earned her Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Penn GSE in 1981. Dr. Clayton, who began her career in Philadelphia as a teacher, went on to serve as Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia from 1983 until her retirement in 1993, where she was known for tackling the district’s difficult budget without cutting student services, attracting local businesses to help equip schools with better resources, and establishing schools the center of their communities.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Lecture Series

A weekly lecture series organized by Penn GSE’s Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-Based Research in Education, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences. Read more.

International Educational Development Program (IEDP) Speaker Series

IEDP offers a year-long International Speakers Series that brings leaders from across the development spectrum. Over recent years, leaders have come from such organizations as the World Bank, Unicef, UNESCO, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Aga Khan Foundation, World Vision, Vanderbilt University and Columbia University Teachers College. Read more.

Nessa Wolfson Colloquium

The Nessa Wolfson Colloquium is an annual event to honor the memory of Nessa Wolfson, the founder of the Language and Literacy in Education group at GSE, and to welcome new and returning students to the Educational Linguistics Division each year; it is the longest continuously running colloquium series at Penn GSE. Read more.

Race in the Academy

Established in 2004, the “Race in the Academy” lecture series provides opportunities for members of the Penn GSE community to develop and enhance their understanding of the issues of race and ethnicity in the context of education. Events typically include the research presentations by leading scholars followed by group discussion, and are open to all faculty, staff, and students. Read more.

Visiting Faculty Scholars of Color

Each year, a number of scholars of color from all over the country are invited to Penn GSE to give lectures and share their research with faculty and students, as part of the “Visiting Faculty Scholars of Color” series. Events typically include the research presentations by leading scholars followed by group discussion, and are open to all faculty, staff, and students. Read more.