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CONTACT:  Mary Anthony

Dec. 8, 2010


Trinity University’s Food For Thought Luncheon 2011 Lecture Series Announced


SAN ANTONIO – Shari Albright, Norine R. Murchison Distinguished Professor of Practice

and chair of the department of education, will discuss, “Global Lives, Global Futures: Preparing 21st Century Learners,” as the first speaker of Trinity University Alumni Association’s 2011 Food for Thought luncheon lecture series at noon Wednesday, Jan.12, 2011, in the Coates University Center Fiesta Room. 


The world is rapidly changing with globalization affecting many facets of our lives.  One institution that must face the changes is education.  As the U.S. falls farther behind in international rankings of educational attainment, what will be needed to prepare our students to learn and lead in this rapidly globalizing world?  Albright will share the latest information on education in the U.S. and new models of education that build both 21st century skills and global competence that prepare students to cooperate and compete in the global environment.


Before joining Trinity University, Albright was the executive director of education at the Asia Society and served as the chief executive officer of the Asia Society International Studies Schools Network, a national network of small, internationally-themed secondary schools dedicated to preparing college ready, globally competent citizens for the 21st century.  She also served as the principal of a public, magnet school in the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas – the International School of the Americas - and was named the Texas High School Principal of the Year for 2004 by the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.  In 2004, her school was also awarded the Goldman Sachs Prize in International Education. 


Other speakers and topics in the 2011 Food For Thought series are:


Feb. 2 – Christine Drennon, associate professor, sociology and anthropology, and director, urban studies, “Urban Studies at Trinity: The Role of the University in the 21st Century City”


March 2 – Glenn Kroeger, associate professor and chair, department of geosciences, “The 2010 Haitian and Chilean Earthquakes: What They Tell Us About Future Earthquakes in the United States”


April 6 – Kimberley Phillips, associate professor, psychology, “Capuchin Cognition: Studying an Animal Mind Using Modern Tools”


May 4 – Gordon MacAlpine, Zilker Distinguished Professor, physics and astronomy, and Barbara MacAlpine, associate professor, Coates Library, “From the Gardens of Trinity to the Rainforests of Costa Rica to the Amazonian Jungles of Ecuador: Environmental Studies Opportunities for Students”


All luncheons will begin at noon. A season subscription to the series is available for $80. Individual lectures are $17 per person.  Reservations should be made three days in advance by calling the Alumni Relations Office at 210-999-8404.


The Food For Thought series offers Trinity professors the opportunity to leave the classroom and speak about their research or field of study to the San Antonio community.  The series is sponsored by the San Antonio chapter of the Trinity University Alumni Association.




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