Finkelstein Memorial Lecture

A series of lectures by those committed to the public school system.

The Robert and Augusta P. Finkelstein Memorial Lecture Series was established by Adelphi University in 1981 in honor of the late Robert Finkelstein, a noted industrialist and staunch believer in state and federal support of elementary and secondary education. The endowed lecture is provided through the generosity of Mrs. Augusta P. Finkelstein, a 1928 Adelphi graduate, in memory of her husband. Her goal was “to provide a series of lectures by well-known persons recognized for their commitment to the elementary and secondary public school system.” Following Mrs. Finkelstein’s death, the lecture was renamed in honor of them both.

Mr. Finkelstein was a dedicated crusader for public education, who believed that local advances would strengthen the entire public education system. He was an advocate of state and federal aid to education, the separation of church and state, and he urged open communication between school boards and citizens. His commitment to education is demonstrated by affiliation with various groups whose purpose was to improve the public school system. As a leading industrialist in Woonsocket, RI, Mr. Finkelstein had wanted nothing except “the satisfaction of seeing young people have the opportunity for the best education possible.”

» View 2015-16 lecture details


Past Speakers

  • 2015-16 – Darla Castelli, Ph.D.
  • 2014-15 – Lorna R. Lewis, Ed.D.
  • 2013-14 – Dr. Sean Feeney
  • 2010-11 – Michael Apple
  • 2009-10 – Alan R. Sadovnik
  • 2008–09 – Patrick Finn
  • 2007–08 – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
  • 2005–06 – Richard Mills
  • 2003–04 – Gerry House
  • 2002–03 – Dr. Betty Reardon
  • 2001–02 – Harold Levy
  • 2000–01 – Tom Sobol
  • 1999–00 – Rudy Crew
  • 1998–99 – Jean Anyon
  • 1997–98 – Henry Levin
  • 1995–96 – Elliot Eisner
  • 1994–95 – David Elkind
  • 1993–94 – Nell Noddings
  • 1992–93 – Marc Bernstein
  • 1989–90 – Maxine Greene
  • 1988–89 – Howard Gardner
  • 1987–88 – Basil Bernstein
  • 1986–87 – Linda Darling-Hammond
  • 1985–86 – Ira Singer
  • 1984–85 – Richard Doremus
  • 1983–84 – John Goodlad and Sol Chaiken
  • 1981–82 – Raymond Moore
 

For further information, please contact:

Ruth S. Ammon School of Education
p – 516.877.4100

Admissions Events
Learn more about the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education at an upcoming admissions event.
Browse upcoming events
Educational Tech
Professor Matt Curinga describes the new program in educational technology.
Watch the video
A Special Educator
Anne Mungai Ph.D., runs an orphanage and school in her native country of Kenya.
Read more