Acclaimed pedagogue to speak

Parker J. Palmer, named one of the 30 “most influential senior leaders” in a national survey of faculty and staff in higher education, gives a talk titled Leading From Within: Reflections on Leadership, Community and the Inner Life at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Avenue. Sponsored by the office of the Dean of the College at Bates College, the talk is open to the public at no charge.

Palmer is a writer, educator and activist who lives in Madison, Wis. He explores issues involving education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, and travels widely giving lectures, workshops and retreats. Founder of the national “Teacher Formation Program” for K-12 teachers, Palmer is known as the author of several motivational books including The Courage to Teach (Jossey-Bass, 1998).

Palmer’s writing has been recognized with six honorary degrees and a number of awards and citations. In 1993, the Council of Independent Colleges gave him its national award for “Outstanding Contributions to Higher Education.” In 1998 The Leadership Project, a national survey of some 11,000 faculty and staff at institutions of higher education, named him one of 30 “most influential senior leaders” in higher education and one of the 10 key agenda-setters of the past decade.

For more information about the talk, please call 207-786-6202.

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