The Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education is dedicated to excellence and innovation in education and professional program preparation. To facilitate the dynamic thinking needed to achieve excellence and innovation, the college routinely brings guest speakers to campus to share ideas and experiences and to interact informally with students, faculty, alumni and the larger Chicago educational community.

On Nov. 13, 2023, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad will be the featured speaker for the annual Jean Burke Carlson and Diane Berger Ehrlich Memorial Lecture. Dr. Muhammad is an Associate Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the recipient of the 2014 National Council of Teachers of English Promising New Researcher Award, the 2020 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K Early Career Award and the 2021 NCTE Outstanding Elementary Educator in the English Language Arts Award.

The title of Dr. Muhammad's talk is "Cultivating Genius and Joy in Education through Culturally and Historically Responsive Pedagogies." In this keynote address, Dr. Muhammad will offer a unique, culturally, and historically responsive approach to cultivating genius and joy in education. This approach is essential for accelerating the growth of all students and uniquely youth of color, who have been traditionally underserved in learning standards, policies, and school practices. Dr. Muhammad will present her equity framework, called the HILL Model, to help educators develop students’ histories, identities, literacies, and liberation. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and will take place on the Main Campus in the Auditorium, located in Building E, Room 106A. Please complete a brief registration form for this event.

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Addison Lecture


The Dr. Kenneth N. Addison Lecture for Multicultural Education and Social Justice is an annual event sponsored by the Educational Foundations program, with support from other programs, departments, and units throughout the University. The lecture celebrates and grapples with the intersections of cultural pluralism, multicultural education, social justice, advocacy and activism.

Information about the 2023-2024 lecture will be announced soon.

Carlson and Ehrlich Lecture


The Jean Burke Carlson and Diane Berger Ehrlich Memorial Lectureship provides an annual lecture for the benefit of the Goodwin College and the broader university and Chicago community. Lectures focus on leadership development, adult learning and the latest trends and innovative approaches in higher education.