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The 2017 Education Forum

Beyond Measure: The Best Education for All

Get informed. Be inspired.

Join us for an evening and a day to explore the kind of educational foundation that every student needs.

In the 2017 Education Forum–Beyond Measure: The Best Education for All–for the first time we will highlight features of the Cowans’ unique philosophy of liberal learning, the vision that has informed and guided each program in the Dallas Institute’s Cowan Center for EducationTM  since the work began in 1984 with the first summer seminar for high school English teachers.

GET INFORMED. The 2017 Education Forum begins with a consideration of an important and current educational challenge. Friday evening’s panel of superintendents will expertly discuss the origin, features, and impact of the new A-F school grading system on every Texan.

BE INSPIRED. Saturday promises to be an intellectual feast for anyone interested in learning and education.

Special Education Forum pre-order bonus: four Cowan Center posters for $30 (normally $45)

Talks in the morning include an articulation of the Cowans’ philosophy of liberal education, recovering history from the social sciences and literature from the realm of political propaganda, as well as the relationship between a democracy and the capacity of its citizens for philosophical thought.

An extended lunch hour will include special programs and activities–listen to a concert, famous historical speeches, or Shakespearean soliloquies and sonnets; try your hand at sketching a still life in the Annex “art studio”; test your mind with mathematical problems; or simply enjoy the solitude and quiet of the rooftop water garden to reflect or journal.

Saturday afternoon begins with a panel of passionate mathematicians–a university professor and high school math teachers–discussing some of Paul Lockhart’s more outrageous claims for mathematics as an art form. Quotations from his provocative book–A Mathematician’s Lament: How School Has Cheated Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form–will be provided the audience in the program and will serve as the basis for what promises to be a lively discussion of mathematical artists. (But feel free to purchase the little book and read it ahead of time. You’ll be glad that you did!)

The 2017 Education Forum will close with a plenary discussion. Speakers will be joined by the audience to consider the nature of liberal education from Dr. Donald Cowan’s chapter “Universal Liberal Education.” The reading will be made available to everyone upon registration.

Friday, March 24, 7-8:30 — An Evening with Superintendents

A panel of superintendents will explain the new “A-F” state school grading system and how it affects us all.

Dr. Binggeli, Plano | Dr. Kuhn, Mineral Wells | Mr. Riddick, Cedar Hill

Saturday, March 25, 9:00-3:30

8:30AM Complimentary Continental Breakfast


9:00AM — Talks and discussions about the human purposes of the “Best Education for All”

Dr. Claudia Allums—The Magic Bullet for Educational Transformation: The Cowans’ Philosophy of Liberal Education

Dr. Scott Samuelson—The Deepest Human Life: Why Democracy Needs Philosophy

Dr. Donna McBride—Recovering History from Social Science

Dr. Dan Russ—Literature as Literature, Not Propaganda



Do Art, Math | Meditate and Journal in the Water Garden | Enjoy a Classical Concert, Famous Speeches in History, Dramatic readings

1:00PM — Is Mathematics An Imaginative Art Form? A Panel of Mathematicians on A Mathematician’s Lament

Dr. David Andrews | Mr. Bob Irby | Ms. Eleanor Mathis

Final Plenary Panel and Audience Discussion: Dr. Donald Cowan’s “Universal Liberal Education”, an excerpt available upon registration.

Saturday, March 25, 9:00-3:30 with 8:30AM complimentary continental breakfast; $45 fee includes lunch
Friday, March 24, Pre-Conference Session, 7:00-8:30PM; $10 fee includes wine and cheese reception
Registration for both the Education Forum and the Pre-Conference Session: $50.00
At The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
8 hours CPE credit are awarded this program.

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