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Rockford University Forum Series: Bringing Civic Engagement Into the Science Classroom

03/26/2018 12:43 pm

Rockford University’s Spring 2018 Forum Series wraps up with a free lecture from Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Karen Kashmanian Oates, Ph.D.

Bringing Civic Engagement into the Science
Classroom: Karen Kashmanian Oates

Tuesday, April 24, noon
Fisher Memorial Chapel

Nationally recognized consultant, scientist, science educator, and higher education leader Dr. Karen Kashmanian Oates, a biology and biotechology professor at WPI, will discuss how the power of science for our democracy has required us to shift from an inert learning environment to one that actively engages students.

With the exception of Performing Arts events, the Forum Series is free of charge. Events take place on the Rockford University campus, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Tickets are required and can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or

Dr. Oates’ lecture will wrap up Rockford University’s spring 2018 series, which has included lessons on forgiveness from a Holocaust survivor, an appearance by Rockford’s new mayor, a visit from a New York City-based jazz pianist and a musical presented in collaboration with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.