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News Release

Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

March 8, 2007

Internationally renowned educator Michael Apple
to speak March 19 at NIU graduate colloquium

DeKalb — Michael W. Apple, an internationally renowned professor and author of books on educational reform, will speak Monday, March 19, at Northern Illinois University for the spring graduate colloquium.

Apple, the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, speaks from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Clara Sperling Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

The event is free and open to all faculty, students and the general public. Apple’s presentation is co-sponsored by the Graduate Colloquium Committee, the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Division of Art Education.

Call (815) 753-8458 for more information.

“Our faculty and our students are going to get such a great opportunity through this,” said Elizabeth Wilkins, an associate professor in Teaching and Learning. “His message is powerful, and his work stands on its own.”

Apple’s books include “Educating the ‘Right’ Way: Markets, Standards, God, and Inequality,” a recent work and the title of his NIU presentation. His most recent title, “The State and the Politics of Knowledge,” joins others such as “Ideology and Curriculum,” “Education and Power,” “Teachers and Texts” and “Power, Meaning and Identity.”

His lecture at NIU will examine his beliefs that the social, political, economic and cultural movements of the right have succeeded in forming a “hegemonic alliance” to influence and shape educational policies in the United States.

Wilkins said Apple’s message “makes us stop and think about why we do what we do in the education profession.”

Apple, who has served as vice president of the American Educational Research Association, is widely regarded as one of the 50 most important educational scholars of the 20th century.

He recently was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Educational Research Association and with the UCLA Medal for outstanding academic achievements in research in education.

On the faculty at UW-Madison since 1970, he holds degrees from Columbia University and Glassboro State College.

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