The middle school will be hearing from: Ji Li Jiang, author of Red Scarf Girl.  Ms. Jiang grew up in China experiencing first hand the turmoil and devastation of the Cultural Revolution.
In 1966, Ji-li Jiang was twelve years old. An outstanding student and leader in her school, she had everything: brains, ability, the admiration of her peers – and a shining future in Chairman Mao’s New China. But all that changed with the advent of the Cultural Revolution, when intelligence became a crime and a wealthy family background invited persecution or worse. For the next few years Ji-li and her family were humiliated and reviled by their former friends, neighbors, and colleagues and lived in constant terror of arrest. At last, with the detention of her father, Ji-li was faced with the most dreadful decision of her life: denounce him and break with her family, or refuse to testify and sacrifice her future in her beloved Communist Party.  While she immigrated in 1984, her experiences remained with her prompting her to write her memoir in 1997.
RedscarfClick on the image to go to her webpage.

The upper school and parents will have the chance to hear from Paolo Gianturco.  A photojournalist whose latest work, Women Who Light the Dark, introduces her readers to  the stories of 15 women from different countries.  The author describes these stories as an oppotuntity to  “[d]iscover a new kind of collective leadership as staff, donors and beneficiaries collaborate–and solve–intractable problems that face women and their families.
The women you meet [in the book] show us how to use our time, talent, resources, courage and creativity to cause change.”  Indeed it is Ms. Gianturco’s hope that  “their stories will inspire you to join them for it will surely take all of us working together to kindle new hope and possibilities for our world.”


The upper school will also hear from Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford, Jonahtan Jansen.  Professor Jansen comes to Stanford from Durban Univeristy in South Africa. Dean of Education at the University of Pretoria. His early training was in science education (BSc UWC; MSc Cornell) and later in international development education (PhD Stanford) with a doctoral thesis on the state and curriculum in Zimbabwe, 1980-1990.He served as a high school science teacher in the Western Cape province and, following postgraduate studies, worked as manager and consultant for international development agencies before entering the academy as professor, department chair, dean and (acting) deputy vice chancellor (all at the University of Durban Westville) before joining the University of Pretoria in July 2000.His current areas of research include studies in educational leadership, educational change in underserved schools, and institutional cultures in higher education. His recent books include Mergers in Higher Education (2002), Education Policy Implementation (2001, with Yusuf Sayed) and Changing Curriculum (1999, with Pam Christie).

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