Inaugural Barbara L. Jackson Lecture at GSE: Righteous Extremism and Educational Leadership

“These people don’t know it, but they’re about ready to go to church,” was what civil rights activist Clarence Jones said before Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have A Dream speech.

The same could have been said about Olga Welch, Ed.D., dean of education at Duquesne University, upon delivering the first Barbara L. Jackson Memorial Lecture at the Graduate School of Education.  

Welch, who evoked King’s oratory, as well as the messages of Gandhi and Mother Teresa, roused a crowd of educators to their feet with her talk on November 19th.  Welch cited the lecture’s namesake, Barbara L. Jackson, Ed.D. as the perfect example of “transcendent leadership.”

Jackson, who died last year, was a professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from 1987 to 2008, as served as chair from 1997 to 2003.

Click here to read the full story on the Fordham Newsblog.




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