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Education Secretary to deliver policy address April 20

Apr 20, 2011 (All day)
Open to the Public, Tickets Required

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver a policy address at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in Alexander Hall's Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus. The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. The address is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Duncan has been serving as the Obama Administration’s Secretary of Education since January 20th, 2009. He has said in the past that education is “the most pressing issue facing America," adding that "preparing young people for success in life is not just a moral obligation of society" but also an "economic imperative."

Prior to becoming Education Secretary, Duncan served as the chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools from June 2001 through December 2008, becoming the longest-serving big-city education superintendent in the country. As CEO, Duncan's mandate was to raise education standards and performance, improve teacher and principal quality, and increase learning options. In seven and a half years, he united education reformers, teachers, principals and business stakeholders behind an aggressive education reform agenda that included opening over 100 new schools, expanding after-school and summer learning programs, closing down underperforming schools, increasing early childhood and college access, dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers, and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives.

Before joining Chicago Public Schools, Duncan ran the non-profit education foundation Ariel Education Initiative (1992-1998), which helped fund a college education for a class of inner-city children under the “I Have A Dream” program. He was part of a team that later started a new public elementary school built around a financial literacy curriculum, the Ariel Community Academy, which today ranks among the top elementary schools in Chicago.

Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. He was co-captain of Harvard's basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American. He credits basketball with his team-oriented and highly disciplined work ethic.

Hugh Price, Lecturer in Public Affairs and the Woodrow Wilson Schools’ John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor will moderate the discussion.


Tickets for the lecture will be available to all Princeton University students, faculty, and staff on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at noon on Monday, April 11 at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office. Ticketing will continue from noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, while supplies last. The ticket office will issue one ticket per Princeton University TigerCard ID, and individuals may bring up to two TigerCard IDs.

Tickets for the general public will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday April 12 at the Richardson Auditorium Ticket Office. After April 12, public ticket distribution will continue, while supplies last, at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office during normal business hours (M-F noon – 6 p.m.). A government-issued photo ID is required to obtain a ticket, with a maximum of two tickets per person.

Ticketholders must be seated by 3:45 p.m., at which point seating will be opened to individuals in a wait line. For security reasons, no umbrellas or backpacks will be allowed inside the venue.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered a policy address at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in Alexander Hall's Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus.