BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University’s Graduate School of Education will host the 20th Annual Edgar W. Couper Lecture by distinguished education historian Maris Vinovskis, titled, “Federal Involvement in K-12 Education since World War II,” at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 27. in the Casadesus Recital Hall of the Fine Arts Building on campus.  A reception will be held prior to the lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Corridor of the Anderson Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Vinovskis, University of Michigan Bentley Professor of History, an ISR research professor and professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, has published ten books and has written over 100 scholarly essays. Two of his most recent books include, The Birth of Head Start (2005) and From a Nation at Risk to No Child Left Behind (2009).

As Deputy Staff Director to the United States House Select Committee on Population in 1978, he served as a frequent consultant on population and adolescent pregnancy issues in the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in the early 1980s. Vinovskis has worked in the US Department of Education during both the H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations on questions of educational research and policy. He also served as a member of the congressionally-mandated Independent Review Panels for Goals 2000 and No Child Left Behind. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and was elected to the National Academy of Education, the International Academy of Education, and as president of the History of Education Society.

The Couper Lecture and related events are funded by The Edgar W. Couper Endowment Fund for Educational Excellence.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Diane Hinckley in the Graduate School of Education at 607-777-6681 or dhinckle@binghamton.edu.