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Hartford Seminary Awarded $1 Mil for Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

The International Institute of Islamic Thought awarded the Hartford Seminary $1 million to help endow a professorship in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.The gift will help fund a chair in the Islamic Chaplaincy and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary's Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.Timur Yuskaev, assistant professor of Contemporar...

EdNet Gets Connected

Education technology boosters see the classroom as a changing frontier. New gadgets. New connections all the time. But with continuing budget cuts, teachers stuck to traditional modes of instruction and little support from district administrations, new tech advances often go unused or misused, according to education leaders, technology providers and policymakers who gathered in Boston ...

Tell Me a Story: Reporting from the BIF-6 Conference in Providence

A few hundred people packed the Trinity Rep theater in downtown Providence Wednesday, Sept. 15, and Thursday, Sept. 16, with ears and minds open. More than a dozen entrepreneurs and artists told stories of how they used innovation and social technologies to help solve problems from protecting mothers in childbirth to cleaning up unwanted graffiti to turning grease into fuel. Much of the Busi...

Taking Our Medicine: From One New England Journal to Another

As the New England Board of Higher Education celebrates its 55th anniversary this year with our new content hub website, Facebook, Twitter and other social media, it is comforting to know our early history has a place in one of the oldest journals in New England. The New England Journal of Medicine recently added online archives containing material published between 1812 to 1989. The archives a...

Jobs Report: STIM II, no STIM or Tax Cuts?

The monthly jobs report released today provided little comfort to those hoping for a strong turnaround in the job market over the next few months. Private-sector payroll employment levels in the nation increased by just 67,000 jobs between July and August. However, most of the gains in private sector employment came from health services (+28,000) and social assistance agencies (+12,000), both heav...

Kahlenberg to Speak in Boston About Late Chief of Teachers Union Albert Shanker

Richard D. Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation, will discuss his book Tough Liberals: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy, at a forum sponsored by the Pioneer Institute, the Boston-based think tank that advocates free-markets and limited government.The forum will also feature remarks from panelists including Deborah A. Gist, commissioner of the ...

Lawmakers Shea-Porter and Larson to Address Biz Council’s Congressional Breakfasts

The New England Council announces two congressional breakfasts in September. The business group will present U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) on Friday, Sept. 10, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at the Bedford Village Inn, and U.S. Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at The Hartford Club.There is no cost for NEC members, but both events require reservat...

Campus Comings and Goings as Fall 2010 Approaches

Among recent comings and goings on New England campuses, Kenneth W. Freeman, former CEO of Quest Diagnostics Inc., was appointed dean of Boston University's School of Management. Freeman also chairs the board of trustees at Bucknell University and is an executive-in-residence at Columbia Business School.****Harvard Business School also welcomes a new dean, Nitin Nohria, who served as co-chair of t...

Papers? Fairfield Gets Grant to Study Undocumented Students

The Ford Foundation awarded Fairfield University a two-year $200,000 grant to lead a national study of undocumented immigrant students of Jesuit universities.Research at the university's Center of Faith and Public Life will seek to understand the connections between American Jesuit universities and undocumented students. The study will consider the best strategies to support and challenge undocume...

Public Schools Fail More than Half of Black Male Students

The overwhelming majority of U.S. school districts and states fail to provide resources black males need in order to close the graduation gap.According to the Schott Foundation, during the 2007-08 academic year, only 47% of black males graduated from high school "on time" with their entering cohort.The foundation reports that more than half of the 50 states have graduation rates below the national...