Ash Hartwell, adjunct professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration and a member of the school’s Center for International Education, was invited by the Graduate School of Education at the American University Cairo (AUC), to give a public presentation on Feb. 13 on the theme “Education for Global Prosperity.”
The keynote presentation examined scenarios based on current global and Middle East conditions and proposed a concept of human capacity development linked to justice and human rights as the essence of global prosperity. Additionally, Hartwell discussed research and insights from evolutionary studies and the cognitive neurosciences on human capacity and learning, and concluded by examining implications for the transformation of education systems. While in Cairo, Hartwell taught graduate classes and reviewed the university’s new graduate program which currently has almost 300 post-graduate diploma students and 45 master’s students.
The presentation and the classes Hartwell taught took place during a week with two major protests and clashes in Cairo contesting the legitimacy of the new constitution and President Morsi. One of the purposes of Hartwell’s timely presentation was, in the words of Ted Purinton, associate dean, Graduate School of Education at AUC, "to provide, in the face of this period of turbulence, a broad perspective on our critical role as educators, teachers and learners in shaping a transformed education system."