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Critical Issues in Information and Education: Common Core and the Challenge of Discussing Education Policy in a Democracy  

Student walking on campus in front of Jubilee Hall. Seton Hall University Libraries is pleased to announce the next event in our Speaker's Series: Critical Issues in Information and Education: "Common Core and the Challenge of Discussing Education Policy in a Democracy." The event will be held on Sunday, September 16th in Jubilee Hall Auditorium at 11 a.m. The event will feature Jonathan Cope, Reference Librarian at the College of Staten Island, and Dr. Nicholas Tampio, Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University.

The University Libraries' Speaker's Series focuses on the intersection of educational and informational issues. This is the fourth event in the series. The first event featured John Berry III, former editor-in-chief of Library Journal, and Dr. Christopher Tienken, associate professor of education administration at the University. The second program, Discursive and Demographic Dysfunction, Or, Why It Is So Hard to Decide What the Facts Are, included Rutgers University Professors Marie Radford, Library and Information Sciences, on narratives of information seeking and Julia Sass Rubin, School of Planning and Public Policy, on legal challenges to academic inquiry. The third installment combined Monsignor Dennis Mahon, Ph.D., professor emeritus of communication, and Dr. Ki Joo (KC) Choi, committee member for the Institute for Communication and Religion and chair of the Department of Religion at the University, discussing remarks made by Pope Francis about fake news and the importance of truth during his World Communications Day message at the beginning of the year.

About Our Speakers 

Headshot of Jonathan CopeJonathan Cope

Jonathan Cope is a Reference/Instruction Librarian at the College of Staten Island (CSI), CUNY. He has a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Politics from Antioch College, a Master of Library and Information Science from Queens College, CUNY, and Master's in Liberal Studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research is focused on the ways in which library and information literacy work is situated within specific social, cultural, economic, and disciplinary contexts. He is particularly interested in the politics of libraries and library work. Jonathan is the author of a book chapter which discusses the applicability of social power research to information literacy and an article about the ideal of librarianship as an intellectual craft. He is the coauthor of an article about information literacy in the study of American politics and he is the coauthor of an article that details a study of how disciplinarity influences how faculty outside of the library conceptualize information literacy. He is also the author of an article on neoliberalism and library and information science and an essay that outlines a framework that can be used to analyze socially-generated information.

Dr. Nicholas Tampio 320 picNicholas Tampio, Ph.D.

Nicholas Tampio, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Fordham University. In his new book Common Core: National Education Standards and the Threat to Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press 2018), Tampio considers the best arguments for and against national education standards and scrutinizes the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, the Advanced Placement US History Curriculum Framework, and the National Sexuality Education Standards. He argues that national educational standards alienate citizens from the local schools thereby making education and democracy worse. His talk considers how democracies ought to foster the right kinds of discussions about education policy.

Categories: Arts and Culture , Education

For more information, please contact:

  • Gerard Shea
  • (973) 761-9440
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