Education for All? Literature, Culture and Education Development in Britain and Denmark (02/07/24)

Please join us on Wednesday, February 7, at 3 PM*, in the Rajen Kilachand Center Colloquium Room at 610 Commonwealth Avenue, for an Author Meets Critics panel with Cathie Jo Martin, Professor of Political Science at Boston University, as well as a former Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe. This event celebrates the release of Prof. Martin’s new book—Education for All? Literature, Culture and Education Development in Britain and Denmark. (*Click on link to save the date!)

The panelists will be Peter Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies in the Department of Government at Harvard University; Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University; Torben Iversen, Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Government at Harvard University; and Aaron Benavot, Professor of Global Education Policy in the School of Education at the University at Albany-SUNY.

About the book:

Why did Denmark develop mass education for all in 1814, while Britain created a public-school system only in 1870 that primarily educated academic achievers? Cathie Jo Martin argues that fiction writers and their literary narratives inspired education campaigns throughout the nineteenth-century. Danish writers imagined mass schools as the foundation for a great society and economic growth. Their depictions fortified the mandate to educate all people and showed neglecting low-skill youth would waste societal resources and threaten the social fabric. Conversely, British authors pictured mass education as harming social stability, lower-class work, and national culture. Their stories of youths who overcame structural injustices with individual determination made it easier to blame students who failed to seize educational opportunities. Novel and compelling, Education for All? uses a multidisciplinary perspective to offer a unique gaze into historical policymaking.

The presentation will be followed by a gala reception in celebration of Prof. Martin’s career at Boston University and her contributions to the Department of Political Science and the Center for the Study of Europe in view of her retirement at the end of the academic year.

If you would like to attend the lecture and reception, kindly RSVP using the form below.


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