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September 30, 2016

North Park Hosts Educational Historians Conference

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education-conferenceCHICAGO (September 30, 2016) — Since 1965, the Organization of Educational Historians has brought together a wide range of scholars to examine the history of education through a broad framing of perspectives and possibilities.

The School of Education at North Park University is sponsoring this year’s annual conference of the Organization of Educational Historians, held today and tomorrow on North Park’s campus.

Historians from institutions such as Texas A&M University, the University of Chicago, Baylor University, Indiana University, the University of Oklahoma, and North Park University will be presenting on a variety of historical topics related to women in higher education, race and schooling, higher education during wartime, religion and education, and many others.

The theme of the 2016 conference, “The Position of Place in the History of Education,” directs attention to the importance of examining local dynamics as they relate to education.

“Centering inquiry on particular contextual understandings brings with it the potential to shape and reshape educational history based on cultural experiences, sociopolitical landscapes, community, time, and scale,” said Dr. John J. Laukaitis, assistant professor of education at North Park and president-elect of the Organization of Educational Historians. “As historians of education shift their inquiry to more localized treatments, new perspectives in the field can provide meaningful insights into the power of place in education.”

Keynote speaker Dr. Ann Marie Ryan, associate dean of academic programs and associate professor of education at Loyola University Chicago, will deliver an address titled “Chicago Educators’ Responses to the Standardization and Measurement Movements of the Early 20th Century.”

For more information, visit the Organization of Educational Historians website. North Park faculty and students interested in attending any session may pick up a program and name badge in Hamming Hall.


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