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College of Education looks at its history Feb. 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Current and retired faculty and staff of the University of Iowa College of Education and a former dean of the College of Liberal Arts will discuss the College of Education's 150-year history during a symposium Wednesday, Feb. 26 as part of the UI's sesquicentennial celebration.

"Highlights and Stories About Our College" features a panel discussion beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Jones Commons (Room N300) of the Lindquist Center. The colloquium is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m.

Panelists include Dewey Stuit, who served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1949 to 1977; John Haefner, professor emeritus, social studies education;

Judy Hendershot, director, Educational Placement Office; Scott McNabb, associate professor, Division of Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies; Robert Engel, associate professor, Division of Planning, Policy and Leadership Studies.

Discussion topics include the longstanding relationship between the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts.

The College of Education traces its roots back to the founding of the university. Teacher training, the forerunner of the College, was the only academic program specifically mentioned in the Feb. 25, 1847 statute that created the University of Iowa.

The UI became the first educational institution in the country to establish teacher training as a college-level program by creating the first chaired professorship in the field in 1873.

The UI is celebrating its sesquicentennial this month with a series of activities.