Berea Hosts Race Dialogue in Washington, D.C.

Naomi Tutu speaking at podium

Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu ’83 addressed around 80 people at the Dialogue on Race and Education held in Washington, D.C. on April 27.

Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu captivated her audience of fellow Berea College alumni and donors while speaking at the Dialogue on Race and Education hosted by Berea College at the Newseum in Washington D.C. on April 27. Tutu, a 1983 alumna, shared experiences from her own life—both as the daughter of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu growing up in Apartheid in South Africa and as a mother in the U.S.—to illustrate the challenges that people of color face in dealing with race in their everyday lives.

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Berea Featured in The Atlantic

Berea’s distinctive educational model has once again attracted national attention. The Atlantic published a feature on the College following a recent visit to campus by education writer Adam Harris. The article details Berea’s remarkable history and how its mission is carried out today. Harris also asks if Berea’s no-tuition model, or at least key aspects of it, could be replicated at other schools across America to address the need for affordable, high-quality education. Read the full article at The Atlantic here.

Dr. Ricky L. Jones to speak at the Carter G. Woodson Memorial

In this place, at this time: The Mission of Education in 21st Century America

Ricky L. Jones

The Carter G. Woodson Memorial Convocation will feature Dr. Ricky L. Jones on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Jones will discuss the mission of education in the 21st century, exploring how education can be used to reinforce or resist social and political marginalization in post-modern America. Continue reading Dr. Ricky L. Jones to speak at the Carter G. Woodson Memorial

Inspired by Berea: An Honorary Trustee’s Passion for Higher Education

Published Originally in the Winter/Spring 2012 Issue of Berea College Magazine

Lindsay Roe, ’14

Elissa May Plattner is a teacher by profession, but a learner by nature. At an early age, she began learning about higher education, growing to appreciate the value of academics. As a result, Elissa May has dedicated her life to inspiring students. She first discovered her love of learning in Berea, when she was 10 years old. Continue reading Inspired by Berea: An Honorary Trustee’s Passion for Higher Education

Superlative Superintendents

Originally published in the Spring 2009 issue of the Berea College Magazine

Complied by Michael Loruss, ’10, and Patricia Stephens, ’11

A little over a year ago, David N. Cook, ’85, contacted the Berea College Magazine with an idea for a feature on eight Berea alumni employed as superintendents of public education in Kentucky. As a policy advisor for the state Department of Education’s Office of Leadership and School Improvement, David mentioned that of the 174 public school superintendents, Berea College had the distinction of having more Kentucky school superintendents than any other private college. Continue reading Superlative Superintendents

Books Open, Pencils Poised: Teaching English in South Korea

Published originally in the Spring 2009 issue of the Berea College Magazine

by Chris Backe, ’04

Graduating with a business degree didn’t prepare me for this. My first day on the job, I came face to face with a group of seven-year-olds, all speaking a foreign language and seemingly making as much noise as they could. After a few moments the other adult in the room spoke a few works to them, and the children sat up straight in their chairs, books open, pencils poised, reading to learn English. This is it, I thought; it’s really happening. I’m really reaching English in South Korea. It had not yet sunk in. Continue reading Books Open, Pencils Poised: Teaching English in South Korea

Dreama Gentry is GEARed UP

Published Originally in the Winter/Spring 2012 Issue of Berea College Magazine

By Rachel Tsvetanov

Since its founding in 1855, Berea College has been dedicated to Appalachia, not only educating students from the region but also providing outreach services. This commitment has always extended beyond the borders of campus, and with four new grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the College will make a significantly larger impact on education in the neighboring region. In fact, the educational systems in some 17 southeastern Kentucky counties will receive comprehensive educational support for children, teens and parents through programs administered by the College. Together these grants, totaling over $100 million, will impact the lives of more than 20,000 people. Continue reading Dreama Gentry is GEARed UP

Dr. Rick Meadows: Learning Like a River

Rick Meadows, Associate Professor of French and Chair of the Division of English, Theatre, Communication, Music, and Foreign Languages, is not the most orthodox professor. He prefers games to lectures in his classes. He uses unusual discussion techniques and frequent visual metaphors. When describing the Liberal Arts, for example, where knowledge is amassed from a variety of sources, Meadows invokes a picture of the Mississippi River whose greatness is owed to the waters of many smaller tributaries. It is an observation uniquely applicable to Meadows who daily draws on a personal history of diverse experience to innovate in the classroom and enrich the lives of his students. Continue reading Dr. Rick Meadows: Learning Like a River