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Author of “Moderating the Debate: Rationality and the Promise of American Education” to speak at Simon’s Rock

GT. BARRINGTON, MA –The Bard Center for Education and Democracy at Simon’s Rock has invited The National Research Council’s Michael J. Feuer to give a forum titled “Science and Policy in the Beltway and Beyond,” on March 20 at 5 p.m.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Blodgett Oak Room.

Michael J. Feuer is the executive director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education in the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies, where he is responsible for a broad portfolio of studies and other activities aimed at improved economic, social, and education policymaking. He was the first director of the NRC’s Center for Education and the founding director of the Board on Testing and Assessment.  Before joining the NRC in 1993, Feuer was a senior analyst and project director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.

He holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the Wharton School, and studied public administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and political science at the Sorbonne. Feuer grew up in New York City, where he attended public school and graduated from Queens College (CUNY) with a major in English literature and journalism. While at Queens he was the campus stringer for The New York Times and editor of one of the two major student newspapers.

Upon earning his doctorate, Feuer remained at Penn, teaching graduate seminars in education and working at the Higher Education Finance Research Institute, where he specialized in studies of firm-sponsored training. He then joined the faculty of the business school at Drexel University, teaching courses in public policy and management and continuing his research on the economics of human capital. He was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2003 and as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006. His most recent book is "Moderating the Debate: Rationality and the Promise of American Education," which was published by Harvard Education Press in 2006.

The Center for Education and Democracy at Bard College at Simon’s Rock provides a venue for conversations concerning education, democracy, and their relationship.   The Center’s activities are based on the belief that democratic societies must offer citizens not only literacy in the humanities, arts, and sciences, but also knowledge of, and practice in, the civic arts of discussion, deliberation, and collaborative action.