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Oct. 28, 2008: World Views: education in Japan. Prof. Ken Estey on Studies in Religion

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2008 at 5:05 pm

To listen to this show, click HERE.

World Views on Japan with Yoko Anderson

On the first half of the show, we talk with Yoko Anderson.  Yoko was educated primarily in Japan, and came to the US to do Masters work at the School for International Training.  She is now an international student advisor at the Julliard School.  Yoko discusses with us some of the strengths and challenges that a Japanese student brings when transitioning to American schools, sharing both insights from her schooldays in Japan and her experience now as an advisor to students from all over the world.

Studies in Religion at Brooklyn College

On the second half of the show, Prof. Ken Estey discusses the revived Studies in Religion program at Brooklyn College.  Prof. Estey went to Union Seminary in Manhattan, teaches ethics and politics here at Brooklyn College, and is the new coordinator for the Studies in Religion program.  We discuss the program, Brooklyn’s religious diversity, and talk about the place for studying ethics and morality in today’s university.

To learn more about the Studies in Religion program, email KEstey@brooklyn.cuny.edu.

The World Views and American Views Series

Our World Views series features interviews with individuals who have been educated primarily abroad — a complement to our American Views series.  Most participants in the World Views series have now moved to the U.S., and share with us their reflections on the widely varying experiences and schools they have encountered.

Each unique educational biography is meant to provide a prism through which we can gain insight into the many meanings of education and how it shapes us as individuals. These conversations are not meant to be sources of authoritative information on educational systems or statistics.

We invite you to respond to the interviews you hear by writing to us at bcthinktank@gmail.com.  If you or someone you know would be a good interviewee for either the American or World Views series, please contact us.


Oct. 21, 2008: American Views with Zach Fried; Storycorps

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2008 at 2:36 am

American Views with Zach Fried

The first in our American Views series, a complement to the World Views series.  The American Views series features individuals educated primarily in the U.S.  Zach went to public school in New Hampshire, Oberlin College for his BA, and the University of Michigan for a Masters in Environmental Psychology.  Zach remembers a terrible teacher from elementary school, a great environmental summer program from high school, and shares with us tips on improving your education with travel and active reading.

Storycorps

Adam Wilson and Veronica Ordaz join us from Storycorps, a national oral history archive project which has collected life stories from over 20,000 people across America.  We discuss the new Brooklyn outreach program with Brooklyn College, other interesting initiatives such as the Alaska initiative, and talk about what we learn from listening to each other’s stories.

storycorps.net

To learn more, or to sign up to share your Brooklyn stories, visit Storycorps’ website or send me an email at bcthinktank@gmail.com.  You can also call:

Veronica Ordaz at Storycorps:  646-723-7020 x13

Ed Morlock at the Center for the Study of Brooklyn:  718-951-5000 x6632

Podcast for this show is unavailable.

The World Views and American Views Series

Our World Views series features interviews with individuals who have been educated primarily abroad — a complement to our American Views series.  Most participants in the World Views series have now moved to the U.S., and share with us their reflections on the widely varying experiences and schools they have encountered.

Each unique educational biography is meant to provide a prism through which we can gain insight into the many meanings of education and how it shapes us as individuals. These conversations are not meant to be sources of authoritative information on educational systems or data.

We invite you to respond to the interviews you hear by writing to us at bcthinktank@gmail.com.  If you or someone you know would be a good interviewee for either the American or World Views series, please contact us.



Oct. 14, 2008: Nerd Nite. Prof. Noel Anderson on Mayoral Control 101

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2008 at 9:42 pm

To listen to this show, click HERE.

Nerd Nite

On the first half of the show, we feature Nerd Nite, the fun-filled, no-credits-earned lecture series taking place the second Friday of every month at Galapagos Art Space.  We talk with Matt Wasowski, founder of Nerd Nite NYC, and also catch a few of the speakers, past and present.

nerdnite.com

galapagosartspace.com

Mayoral Control 101

On the second half of the show, we talk with Noel Anderson, professor of Political Science and Education at Brooklyn College. Prof. Anderson discusses the current concern over mayoral control of New York City schools and how it impacts Brooklynites.


Oct. 7, 2008: World Views with Anna Leier: education in Germany

In Uncategorized on October 22, 2008 at 9:24 pm

To listen to this show, click HERE.

The first show of The Public Thinktank and the first in the World Views series which looks at education around the world from different perspectives.

Anna Leier is a freelance journalist originally from Hamburg, Germany, and a mother of two elementary-age children in Brooklyn Heights.  Anna discusses with us the German education system and memories from her schooling, perspectives on her children’s education today, and differences between schools in the U.S. and Germany.

The World Views and American Views Series

Our World Views series features interviews with individuals who have been educated primarily abroad — a complement to our American Views series.  Most participants in the World Views series have now moved to the U.S., and share with us their reflections on the widely varying experiences and schools they have encountered.

Each unique educational biography is meant to provide a prism through which we can gain insight into the many meanings of education and how it shapes us as individuals. These conversations are not meant to be sources of authoritative information on educational systems or data.

We invite you to respond to the interviews you hear by writing to us at bcthinktank@gmail.com.  If you or someone you know would be a good interviewee for either the American or World Views series, please contact us.