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For Immediate Release
March 01, 2012

Education Reform Topic of March Omnibus Lecture

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  • Omnibus Speaker
  • Diane Ravitch, Education Historian
  • “Education Reform”
  • Tuesday, March 13
  • 7:30 p.m., Rhinehart Music Center
  • Free tickets required.
  • Tickets available Monday–Friday, 12:30–6:30 p.m., at the Larson Ticket Office in the Athletics Center
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Long-time historian and analyst of education Diane Ravitch is the next speaker in the 2011–12 Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Omnibus Lecture Series, Tuesday, March 13. Her lecture, “Education Reform,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center. Free tickets are required for this lecture.

Ravitch was an early proponent of accountability. She now believes it actually undermines American education. She is Research Professor of Education at New York University and nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Ravitch co-writes the blog Bridging Differences and also blogs for and the Huffington Post. Ravitch was assistant secretary of education and counselor to Lamar Alexander, secretary of education during the George H.W. Bush administration. She was responsible for the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education. As assistant secretary, Ravitch led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. She was a member of the National Assessment Governing Board From 1997­ to 2004, appointed by Richard Riley, secretary of education under President Clinton. From 1995 to 2005 she held the Brown Chair in Education Studies at the Brookings Institution and edited Brookings Papers on Education Policy.

Ravitch has authored many books, including The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (2010); Edspeak: A Glossary of Education Terms, Phrases, Buzzwords, and Jargon (2007); and The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (2003). She has written more than 500 articles and reviews for scholarly and popular publications and has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

The National Education Association selected Ravitch as its Friend of Education for 2010, and she was honored with the Outstanding Friend of Education Award from the Horace Mann League in 2011. Her numerous honors include Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, the Henry Allen Moe prize in the humanities, Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award, the American Education Award from the American Association of School Administrators, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals' Distinguished Service Award.

Free tickets are required for all Omnibus Lectures and must be picked up in person. TICKET LOCATION HAS CHANGED to the Larson Ticket Office in the Athletics Center, open Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. If available, tickets may also be picked up in person one hour before each lecture at the Schatzlein Box Office, located in the lobby of the Rhinehart Music Center.

The Omnibus Lecture Series has been supported by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation since 1995. The 2011–12 season media sponsors are WANE-TV NewsChannel 15 and Northeast Indiana Public Radio.

Each lecture will be held on the IPFW campus in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center’s 1,600-seat Auer Performance Hall. Doors open one hour before the each lecture. Campus parking is free and convenient. The new 1,000-space parking garage located in the Fine Arts Plaza is open for the 2012 Omnibus lectures. Patrons are advised to allow ample time for traffic and parking, as the series and other events on campus may draw large crowds.

The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center is located on the north end of campus in the arts plaza next to the Ernest E. Williams Theatre and the Visual Arts Building, and behind the Medical Education Center.

For a parking map, more information, and speaker photos, visit or contact University Relations and Communications at 260-481-6808 or

The IPFW Omnibus Lecture Series, in its 17th year, celebrates 100 lectures dedicated to presenting diverse ideas and respected speakers to northeast Indiana. Since 1995 all lectures have been free and open to the public. The 100th lecture occurs in April 2012. This special event will be announced in March. Don’t miss it!

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