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Class Day Lecture 2011

Class Day Lecture gives graduates, along with their family and friends, a unique occasion to experience what makes a Stanford education so special. Forover forty years, this event has featured a popular Stanford professor, delivering a last lecture for graduates. This year, the lecture will be delivered by Rob Reich, an associate professor of political science with appointments in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Education. He is the faculty director of the Program in Ethics in Society and the co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Reich is a political theorist whose research focuses on the role and purpose of education in democracies. He is the author of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and has written articles on topics such as school choice, home schooling, school finance and language policies in education. He is currently completing a book on ethics, public policy and philanthropy. In 2001, he was honored with the Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford’s highest award for teaching. In 2008, he received the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Teaching Award, and he is currently the Stanford Alumni Association Fellow in Undergraduate Education.

Before attending graduate school, Reich was a sixth-grade teacher in Houston, Texas. "We are excited to hear what kinds of lessons Professor Reich will impart not only to us as graduating seniors, but also to our parents, families and friends," the senior class presidents said. "We believe with his background in philosophy, education and in his role as the director of the Ethics in Society program, Professor Reich will be able to provide some powerful and lasting perspectives on how we as graduating seniors can continue to create our own meaningful legacies."

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