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John B. King — The Role of Education in Protecting our Democracy

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

DiCiccio Family Auditorium (Salomon 101)

Recent events - from growing inequality to the events of January 6, 2021 - are challenging our democracy more than at any point in the past fifty years. And while civic and political participation will help with these problems today, the real roots of our democracy - and the path to protecting it in the long run - lie in education. Come hear John B. King, former US Secretary of Education, discuss this critical role of education and what we can do to strengthen it.

Moderated by John Friedman

John B. King Jr. is president of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close educational opportunity and achievement gaps. King served as U.S. Secretary of Education in the Obama administration. Prior to that role, King carried out the duties of Deputy Secretary, overseeing policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, innovation, and agency operations. King joined the department following his post as New York State Education Commissioner. King began his career as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal.