The President's Distinguished Lecture Series 2011-2012, was created to invite scholars from across the country to the Framingham State University campus for presentations on thought-provoking issues, ideas and theories. Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Series seeks to challenge academic assumptions, enhance co-curricular learning, and provoke stimulating debate and conversation.
The 2011-2012 theme of the Series is drawn from the ideas presented in Howard Gardner's "Five Minds for the Future." Dr. Gardner builds on his earlier theory of multiple intelligences to suggest that globalization and technology have redefined the skill set needed to be a contributing citizen in the 21st century. He advocates for the cultivation of five modes of thinking, including the "disciplined mind," the "synthesizing mind," the "creating mind," the "respectful mind," and the "ethical mind."
The President's Distinguished Lecture Series 2011-2012 will feature five speakers - one for each kind of mind - culminating in Dr. Gardner's presentation as the keynote speaker in May.
The University thanks the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS) and those faculty members who contributed their time and efforts to securing the speakers for the Series.
Click on any of the speakers names to view more information and register for the event.
Dr. Anne West - October 12, 2011 "Mapping Artistic Intelligence as a Practice of Synthesis"
Susan Retik - November 3, 2011 "Beyond the 11th: The Ethical Mind and Global Citizenship"
Naomi Tutu - February 8, 2012 "Ubuntu: Our Shared Humanity"
Richard Louv - March 28, 2012 "The Nature Principle and Notes from the New Nature Movement"
Dr. Timothy J. Flanagan - April 10, 2012 "Policing America's Communities; Evolution and Innovation in Law Enforcement Practice"
Dr. Howard Gardner - May 16, 2012 "Author of Five Minds for the Future"