This lecture series, inaugurated in 1987, honors the memory of Cynthia Longfellow, SLC '72, Harvard Ed.D. '79, who devoted her professional life to bettering the lives of young children. The lecture is funded by an endowment established by family and friends.
2014 Longfellow Lecture
Building A Good Foundation
Lilian G. Katz, PhD
Wednesday April 9, 2014
Reisinger Concert Hall
Lecture is free and open to the public. Registration required. To register, please click here.
Lilian G. Katz is Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) where she serves on the staff the of Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting. Dr. Katz is a past President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the first President of the Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children. She is Editor of the first on-line peer reviewed trilingual early childhood journal, Early Childhood Research & Practice (English, Spanish & Chinese). Dr. Katz received her PhD at Stanford University in 1968 after being a nursery school teacher.
Dr. Katz has lectured in all US states and 55 other countries and has held visiting posts in Australia, Canada, England, Germany, India, Israel, the West Indies and many parts of the USA. She is the recipient of many honors, including two Fulbright Awards (India and New Zealand), an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Whittier College and an honorary PhD from the University of Goteborg, Sweden.
Previous Longfellow Lectures
2013 Longfellow Lecture
Looking Out for Josie: Witnessing the Hopes and Problems of Progressive Education
Joseph Featherstone is a poet, writer, and educator. Education Week once cited him as one of the 100 most influential educators of the twentieth century. Featherstone has taught at Harvard and Brown universities. For many years, he wrote on literature, politics, and education as an editor of the New Republic. In 1968, he was a speech writer for the anti-war presidential candidate, Senator Eugene McCarthy, and has been active in progressive political and school reform movements since the 1960's. He served as the Principal of the Commonwealth School in Boston. For over a decade, he was the faculty leader at Michigan State University (MSU) of one team in a school-based teacher education program ranked number one in the nation by US News and World Report. Featherstone had special responsibility for creating the introductory course on child study, progressive teaching practice, and children’s literature to prospective teachers. For the last few years he has been part of a group launching a K-8 charter school with an arts orientation that has just finished its third year in Gloucester, MA.
He is the author of many books and articles on education, including Dear Josie: Witnessing the Hopes and Failures of Democratic Education, which had the honor of being chosen for translation as a distinguished contribution to education by the East China Normal University Press. He is one of several co-authors of Transforming Teacher Education, Reflections from the Field, a first-hand account of the ambitious reforms at MSU in teacher education. A poetry collection, Brace’s Cove was published by New Issues Poetry, 2000. A sampling of recent poetry is in Salt and Light, a 2010 Gloucester anthology edited by John Ronan. His many poems and literary and political writings have appeared in such varied publications as the Harvard Review, Ploughshares, The New Republic, Green Mountains Review, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Many Mountain Moving.
- 2012: Early Childhood Development in the US: Looking Back and Moving Forward
Joan Lombardi, PhD
- 2011: Rethinking Common Assumptions about Children (and Parenting)
- 2010: The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's
Temple Grandin, PhD
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- 2009: Nature Deficit Disorder: The Movement to Connect Our Children, Ourselves, and Future Generations to the Natural World
- 2008:The Impact of Abuse and Neglect on the Developing Child: Relationships, Resilience, and Vulnerability
Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
- 2007: Cultural Aspects of Learning: Observation, Collaboration, and Multimodal Conversation
Barbara Rogoff, Ph.D.
- 2006: Teaching as Political Work: Courageous and Caring Teachers
Sonia Nieto, Ph.D.
- 2005: America's Move to Universal Preschool Education
Edward Zigler, Ph.D.
- 2004: Violence and Education: The Twin Crises Facing America’s Children
Geoffrey Canada, M.Ed.
- 2002: In Schools We Trust: What Kind of Schooling Nourishes Democracy?
Deborah W. Meier, M.A.
- 2001: Children on the Cultural Front Line
Roger A. Hart, Ph.D.
- 2001: Eager To Learn: Educating our Youngest Children
Barbara T. Bowman, M.A., D.H.L.
- 1999: Standards and Assessment vs. The Magic of Childhood
Herbert Kohl, M.A.
- 1998: World View and Education Change in School
Asa G. Hilliard, III, Ed.D.
- 1997: Leveling with Children in a Complex World: A View from a Feminist Scholar
Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.
- 1996: The Science and Politics of Child Poverty
J. Lawrence Aber, Ph.D.
- 1995: Community and Kinship in the Classroom
Vivian Paley, M.A.
- 1994: The Strains on American Families
Benjamin Spock, M.D.
- 1992: The Unschooled Mind
Howard Gardner, Ph.D.
- 1991: Educating for Humanity
Kenneth B. Clark, Ph.D.
- 1990: Child Abuse and Truth Telling
Albert J. Solnit, M.D.
- 1989: The Changing Faces of Fatherhood
Ross Parke, Ph.D.
- 1988: "Food & Vitamins": Providing Language Environments for Children
Courtney Cazden, Ph.D.
- 1987: Fifty Years of Seeing Children Around the World
Lois B. Murphy, Ph.D.