Rev. Stapleford’s grandson to speak at 2015 Stapleford Lecture

Posted: March 25, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Dr. Michael O’Sullivan, Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate and
Dr. Michael O’Sullivan, Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate and Photo courtesy of Dr. O’Sullivan

The Faculty of Arts is pleased welcomes Dr. Michael O'Sullivan as its distinguished guest speaker for the 2015 Stapleford Lecture on Thursday, March 26. This free public lecture will explore how global education can serve as a gateway to creating critically informed, motivated and globally competent citizens.

Dr. O'Sullivan, who is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University, is also the grandson of Reverend Earnest W. Stapleford, for whom this lecture series is named after. Reverend Stapleford served as the first president of Regina College and later as principal from 1915 to 1934.

Dr. Phillip Hansen, professor emeritus from the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Regina and a close friend of the family says Michael is a dedicated educator, with ties to community development and education programmes in Latin America. A strong advocate of the important role of education in forming global citizens, he has carried forward in his work the Stapleford family tradition that this lecture series honours.

Dr. O' Sullivan notes that the challenges facing humanity are increasingly global in scope and therefore require global solutions. He feels this has significant implications for the professional practice of K to 12 teachers, teacher-educators, and curriculum developers.

Students need to be prepared to successfully confront the complex 21st century challenges that they will soon inherit as young adults says Dr. O'Sullivan.

He says his lecture will explore how schools need to prepare students to become critically informed, motivated, globally competent citizens with social problem solving skills and a willingness to challenge widespread complacency and resulting government inaction.

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Global Education as a Gateway to Creating Critically Informed, Motivated and Globally Competent Citizens
Presented by: Dr. Michael O'Sullivan
Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Research & Innovation Centre, Room RIC 119
University of Regina main campus
(Free parking in lots 10z and 15m)

The Stapleford Lecture is presented through the generosity of the Ernest William Stapleford and Maude Bunting Stapleford Lecture Fund, provided to the University as an endowment from Dr. Elsie Stapleford as a memorial to her parents.  The lecturer is invited to speak in the areas of education and the care of children, human justice, the status of women, the rights of disadvantaged groups, and/or the history and art of Saskatchewan.