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The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live. —Oliver Wendell Holmes
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Pay Tribute
to the Insights & Accomplishments
of Our Five Newest Emeriti
at Festschrift 2013:
Celebrating 180 Years of Scholarship!

Honoring:  Paul Bredeson, Alan Knox, Allan Odden, Kent Peterson, and Al Phelps

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host Festschrift: Celebrating 180 Years of Scholarship. This seminar includes lectures and discussions that examine the issues confronting education at all levels from a variety of perspectives.  Sessions also pay tribute to the insights and accomplishments of our five most recent emeriti: Dr. Paul Bredeson, Dr. Alan Knox, Dr. Allan Odden, Dr. Kent Peterson, and Dr. Al Phelps.

Students, alumni, and professionals in the field of educational leadership and policy are invited to join us for this celebration of the scholarly contributions of Professors Bredeson, Knox, Odden, Peterson, and Phelps. The day will end with a banquet in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union providing an opportunity to renew friendships.

Please plan to spend the day with us. We will celebrate the scholarship of each individual in the afternoon, followed by an evening banquet. Please save the date and watch for more information. You can also follow developments on the Festschrift Facebook page.

See you in June!

Note: Registration is required for both the afternoon and evening activities to assure sufficient supplies, refreshments and food.  Payment must be received by May 29. Register online or download the Festschrift registration form, then print, complete, and mail the form to us at:

Education Leadership & Policy Analysis
School of Education
253 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI  53706-1326

If you have any questions, need special accommodations or have dietary restrictions, please contact Dorothy Timm, 608/262–3106

Email an anecdote about your favorite professor or post it on the ELPA Festschrift Facebook page.

Event Parking

State Street Campus Garage, 400 North LakeStreet and 430 N. Frances Street

All afternoon activities will take place in the UW-Madison Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Room 159


11:30    Registration table, Room 159
12:00    Welcome, Professors Richard Halverson & Julie Mead, ELPA
12:15    KEYNOTE
"Building on the Past, Projecting to the Future: Considering Current Educational Issues" —  Julie Underwood, Dean, UW-Madison School of Education
1:45    Break
2:00    Concurrent Session Topics:  
“Building Opportunity through Building Teacher Capacity,” Featured Speaker:  Hans Klar, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Clemson University, former student of Paul Bredeson, 
Education Building, Room 159.

“The Learning Continues: Adult Education in the Modern Age,” Featured Speaker:  Karen E. Watkins, Professor, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, University of Georgia, colleague of Alan Knox, 
Education Building, Room 198.

Ensuring Opportunity Through Resource Allocation,” Featured Speaker: Lawrence Picus, Vice Dean, Office of Faculty Affairs, University of Southern California – Rossier School of Education, former student of Allan Odden, 
Education Building, Room 245

The Principal Challenge: Culture, Climate and Continuous Improvement,” Featured Speaker:  Shelby Cosner, Associate Professor, University of Illinois – Chicago, College of Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies, former student of Kent Peterson, 
Education Building, Room 290.

It’s Technical: The Importance of Education for Workforce Development,” Featured Speaker:  Margaret Ellibee, President, Pulaski Technical College, Little Rock, former student of Al Phelps, 
Education Building, Room 298

3:30      Break
3:45      Panel discussion, Education Building, Room 159
5:00      Program Ends
5:30      Memorial Union Great Hall, cash bar
6:00      Banquet — American Heartland Buffet (3 entrée choices, two with meat and one vegetarian)   
7:00      Emeriti roast and rebuttal
10:00    End of event — Memorial Union/Union Terrace stays open until midnight on Fridays.

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