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Harvard Professor and award-winning author to speak at Opening Convocation

PITTSBURGH:  Chatham University has announced that Harvard Professor and award-winning author, Richard J. Light Ph.D., will speak at Chatham’s 2015 Opening Convocation ceremony on Sunday August 30th at 4 PM in the Campbell Memorial Chapel.

Dr. Light is the Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning at Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of Making the Most of College. Built around ten years of student interviews, the book asks, “Why do some students in the United States make the most of college, while others struggle and look back on years of missed opportunities?” Making the Most of College offers concrete advice on choosing classes, talking productively with advisors, improving writing and study skills, maximizing the value of research assignments, and connecting learning inside the classroom with the rest of life.

Dr. Light was also recently published in the New York Times with his article, “How to Live Wisely.” The article explores the Reflecting on Your Life seminar at Harvard and questions such as “What does it mean to live a good life? A productive life? A happy life? And how do I use my time here at college to build on the answers to these tough questions?” Dr. Light will provide a workshop and demonstration of the Reflecting on Your Life exercise for Chatham faculty and staff during a special event prior to Opening Convocation.

About Richard J. Light
Richard Light is the Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. Professor of Teaching and Learning at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His Ph.D. is in statistics from Harvard, and after years of teaching statistics at HGSE he currently focuses on higher education policies and controversies. Light’s research explores how to strengthen the undergraduate experience both at Harvard and at a diverse set of other campuses. Light has created and chairs the Harvard Assessment Seminars that bring together campus leaders from 24 colleges and universities to develop projects to strengthen student experiences. Light is currently leading a collaboration with HGSE colleague Howard Gardner to explore and reinvent a new liberal arts for the 21st century; a project to tackle controversies in higher education; and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where Light is an elected Fellow, he chaired their project on diversity and changing demographics at colleges.

Light has been elected president of the American Evaluation Association, elected to the Board of the Teagle Foundation, and elected to the Board of the American Association for Higher Education. His book Making the Most of College won the Stone Award for best book about education and society. Light is a recipient of the Paul Lazarsfeld award for contributions to science, and has been named by Vanderbilt University’s Chancellor’s Lecture Series as one of America’s great teachers.