Don’t panic! We’ve temporarily taken down our 2020 events as we rebuild the summer calendar — this empty page of events will soon accurately reflect the offerings of our 2020 online assembly. Our program directors are currently working with 2020 lecturers, chaplains and artists to confirm their participation via remote video feed. Please check back beginning in early June as we begin posting frequent updates regarding confirmed programs and the online forum in which they will take place.

Week Six :: August 1–8

Week Six Theme :: Rebuilding Public Education

In this week we take a comprehensive view of the cradle-to-college pipeline and look beyond the 2020 election to ask how we build more integrated and equitable public schools and best prepare our children for careers and as citizens in a rapidly changing world.

  • With a growing shortage of credentialed teachers, how do we recruit and keep the next generation of educators?
  • How do we navigate what has become one of the most contentious debates in education today and evaluate the impact of charter schools and vouchers in American communities?
  • What does the recent college admissions cheating scandal tell us about how parents, students and society-at-large view the purpose of secondary education?

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Lessons in the School House

More than 55 years after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling striking down school-sponsored prayer, Americans continue to resist representations of religion in public schools. The future of a thriving nation, however, resides in the integrity of its people and, therefore, in the content of what its children are taught. Public schools are crucial not only for fostering careers and livelihoods, and for learning unto itself, but also for shaping the most “good-of-the-whole” consciousness in our citizens. In this week we will look at the importance of teaching both religious cultural literacy (as opposed to religion) as well as ethical literacy in our public schools for the purpose of creating an ethically and culturally-informed citizenry.

  • Thursday, August 06, 2020 | 03:30pm

    Bruce Holsinger, CLSC Author, The Gifted School

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    Set in the fictional town of Crystal, Colorado, The Gifted School is a keenly entertaining novel that observes the drama within a community of friends and parents as good intentions and high ambitions collide in a pile-up with long-held secrets and lies.



    Location: Online broadcast; details to be posted in early June