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Symposium on Ethics and Diversity in Education canceled

April 7, 2009

Coastal Carolina University's Spadoni College of Education's fifth annual Symposium on Ethics and Diversity in Education scheduled for today, Friday, April 24 in Wall Auditorium. has been canceled.

Richard E. Lapchick, an international expert on sport and social issues, will give the keynote speech at 11 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"A Bridge Across the Racial Divide" is the topic of Lapchick's talk, which is intended to motivate people to help break the cycle of despair facing many of America's youth.

Educator/author and educational consultant Bernie Schein will speak at 10 a.m. on "Inspiration," making the argument that true emotion is the key to learning.

Gilbert Hunt, Singleton Chaired Professor, research scholar and former dean of the Spadoni College of Education, will speak on "Ethics in the Community of Scholars" at 9 a.m., dealing with the ethical responsibilities of both students and faculty.

The symposium is held annually and serves to explore current social, ethical and diversity issues within education at all levels. The event is sponsored by the Spadoni family of Myrtle Beach through the Spadoni College of Education.

Lapchick, director for the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport and president of the National Consortium for Academics and Sport, has been called "the racial conscience of sport." He is a regular columnist for The Sports Business Journal and and has written 13 books and hundreds of articles. Lapchick was named one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sports for six years and was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential Sport Educators in America.

Schein, author of "If Holden Caulfield Were In My Classroom," is an author, educator and educational consultant. In more than 40 years as an educator, Schein has bucked the conventional wisdom that education must be impersonal, formal and objective. In countless talks and workshops, he has shared his views on everything from the shortcomings of the SAT and No Child Left Behind to the need for students to be emotionally open and aware before true learning can take place.

Hunt has written four books and published more than 25 journal articles on public schools and higher education topics. He was recognized by the S.C. House of Representatives in 1999 for his distinguished work as a professional educator. He joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 1975.

For more information concerning the event, contact Gib Darden at 843-349-2944.