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Talking Urban Education In Lecture Hall and Theater

Next week on in a campus lecture and a Center City theater evening, the Graduate School of Education's Constance Clayton Chair inaugurates its program with two events examining urban education. The Clayton chair, held by Dr. Diana T. Slaughter-Defoe, honors the GSE Ph.D. alumna who headed the Philadelphia Public Schools from 1982 until 1993.

At the Museum: On October 29, internationally known child psychologist Dr. James P. Comer of Yale 's Child Study Center and School of Medicine will give the Inaugural Constance E. Clayton Lecture, 4:30-5:50 p.m. in the at the Rainey Auditorium of the University Museum.

Dr. Comer, known for founding a successful school restructuring program, will focus on issues raised in his most recent book, Waiting for a Miracle: Why Schools Can't Solve Our Problems and How We Can (Penguin 1997).

The lecture is free and open the public under the aegis of GSE and its co-sponsors: the University's African American Studies Program; Center for Health, Achievement, Neighborhood Growth and Ethnic Studies (CHANGES); the Psychiatry Department of PennMed; the DuBois Collective Research Institute; and the National Center on Fathers and Families (NCOFF).

At the Painted Bride: On October 30, GSE also invites members of the University to the Painted Bride Art Center's production of "Prism," a new play by Alex McDonald in which an experienced junior high school teacher shows his yoiunger male colleague "how to teach in anybody's inner city school." It is directed by Rome Neal of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.

The performance begins at 7 p.m., at 230 Vine Street, and there is a post-production discussion. Tickets are $15 for the play.

For information on both the lecture and the play, contact Janean D. Williams, co-chair of the Clayton Lecture Committee, at 573-5628 or

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 8, October 20, 1998