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Askwith Education Forum: The Real World of College

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Monday, May 1, 2023 6pm to 7pm

The Real World of College

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Monday, May 1, 2023 6pm to 7pm

Longfellow Hall, Askwith Hall View map

13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138

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What is the purpose of higher education? What are its goals, its promises, and its outcomes — and how have those changed over time, for better or worse? Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner — authors of The Real World of College: What Higher Education Is and What It Can Be — talked to more than 2,000 students, parents, young alumni, job recruiters, and college administrators across multiple U.S. institutions. What they learned from students and other stakeholders is often surprising, revealing the larger challenges and dilemmas facing higher education today.  


Join Biddy Martin, the former President of Amherst College and a President in Residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in conversation with Fischman and Gardner as they lean into their findings about contemporary college life. In community with the Askwith Education Forum audience, they’ll explore possibilities for reconnecting American postsecondary education to its larger intellectual and social mission. 

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