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Price to discuss education reform, Dec. 10

Hugh Price, former head of the National Urban League, will discuss ideas on tackling academic underachievement among American youth at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Price's talk is titled "Demilitarizing What the Pentagon Knows About Developing Young People: A New Paradigm for Educating Students Who Are Struggling in School and in Life." He will examine attributes of U.S. military programs that contribute to academic success and how they might be incorporated into the American educational system.

Currently a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Price is a writer and commentator on issues related to education, civil rights, equal opportunity and criminal justice. He served as president and chief executive officer of the National Urban League from 1994 to 2003, tripling the service agency's endowment and launching its Campaign for African American Achievement. He also has been a member of the editorial board of The New York Times; a senior vice president of WNET/Thirteen in New York, the nation's largest public television station; and a vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Price has written two books, "Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible" and "Destination: The American Dream."

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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