January 11, 2012

SUNY Empire State College Opens Door to Critical Issues in “Revisioning Adult Higher Education,” Three-Part Online Series

The series is open to the public.

SUNY Empire State College will present a three-part online series focusing on the key issues, challenges and possibilities for adult higher education during the month of January. The public is encouraged to participate.

Three distinguished guests will make separate presentations, each of which will be followed by a facilitated discussion. The sessions will be available online, free of charge, and presented as webinars this month.

“We are excited to welcome three interesting guests who we believe will offer us new perspectives on our work as mentors and as an institution,” said Empire State College Professor Alan Mandell. “We hope that colleagues from within and outside Empire State College will participate. All are welcome.”

The average age of an undergraduate attending the college is 36 and a graduate student is, on average, 40 years old.  The college’s faculty mentors guide students through independent study onsite at more than 35 locations across the state, online, or a combination of both anytime, anywhere.

Schedule of Distinguished Guests and Topics

All sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. (EST)

Tuesday, Jan. 17: Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey, professor emerita at San Francisco State University and professor in the School of Human Organization Development at the Fielding Graduate University, will present, “Teaching and Learning with Adults in a Globalized World: Identity, Agency, Justice.”

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Dr. Bakary Diallo, CEO/rector of the African Virtual University, will present, “Producing and Delivering Consortium Programs with 10 African Countries.”

Tuesday, Jan. 31: Dr. Stephen Brookfield, distinguished university professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, will present, “What Does it Mean to Act Critically?”

Additional information and registration are available at www.esc.edu. Registration is open until the start of each presentation. Questions may be directed to Alan.Mandell@esc.edu or Karen.LaBarge@esc.edu.