** The Dr. Arthur G. Nikelly Annual Lecture for the Preservation of Hellenic Heritage and Culture **

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

6:00 – 7:30 PM

National Hellenic Museum 

Non-Members: $15, NHM Members: $10, Students: $5 

In his dialogue, ‘The Republic’, Plato offers a vision for a just society, narrowing it to the smallest details.  To this day, the ideas presented in Plato’s ‘Republic’ are controversial at the least, and are mainly studied for intellectual interest.  However, the question remains as to whether these ideas were presented as a utopia, a detached philosophical reflection, or as a concrete vision.  Further, are these ideas relevant to modern society, and perhaps more specifically to the U.S. education system and its policies?  Thus, discussions of a just society and its intersection with the U.S. public education system raises foundational questions and discourse regarding the training of educators, the voices and narratives of marginalized peoples, and the dignity of free public education.
Dr. Thomas Noel is from Newark and Irvington, New Jersey.  He holds a PhD in education policy from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, a masters of liberal studies degree with specialization in education and English literature, and bachelors of arts degrees in psychology and African American Studies from Rutgers University.  Dr. Noel has held positions in the areas of teaching, administration, and instructing roles in Pre-K – 12 and higher education settings.  Dr. Noel’s career in publication education has led him to explore various education-based topics in his own independent research.  Through his work centered on education policy, teacher residency requirements, neighborhood schools, teacher education, pedagogy, and school choice, he has gained a thorough and broad depth of knowledge in innovating the overall field of education.  Dr. Noel believes that his research continues to inform his teaching.  He trusts that it not only provides him with the opportunity to educate students of various statuses and education levels, but also that the investigation and examination of community-based educational policies are pertinent steps and methods needed to improve the U.S. public education system, as well as address and critique systemic oppression.  When he is not working on research and engaging his students inside and outside of the classroom, he spends his free time reading, listening to music, mountain biking, hiking, and traveling.

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