The Inaugural William Cutter Colloquium, to be held on September 21-22, 2009, will bring Dr . Debby Kerdeman (MAJE, 1981) to HUC-JIR to study with students, faculty and clinical faculty of the Rhea Hirsch school of Education. Her topic will be “Values and Values-Tensions: An Exploration for Educational Leaders.” The Cutter Colloquium was established by the Rhea Hirsch School of Education Alumni Association to honor the school’s founding director, Dr. William Cutter.
Dr. Kerdeman is Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and a Member of Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington. Dr. Kerdeman will explore how value tensions differ from right-vs.-wrong conflicts, how and why value-tensions arise in educational contexts, and how educators can respond to them. The colloquium sessions will combine intellectually stimulating conversations with opportunities for participants to engage in personal reflection.
The Cutter Colloquium is made possible by generous contributions from alumni of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. The RHSOE Alumni Association created the biannual Cutter Colloquium to bring educational scholars of note from general education to bring their wisdom to bear on issues affecting Jewish education. Kerdeman, the first Cutter Scholar, was one of William Cutter’s distinguished students in the years in which he was director of the Rhea Hirsch School.
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