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Adult Jewish Learning Resource Conference

Adult Jewish Learning Resource Conference

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 9:30 am to 4:00 pm


For professionals and volunteers involved with the design, implementation, or teaching of Jewish educational programs for adults.

Free. Advance reservations required.

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For further information, contact Beth Schenker, Assistant Dean for Jewish Studies, at bschenker@spertus.edu.


The Chicago Adult Jewish Learning Initiative presents a day-long Resource Conference for professionals and community lay leaders who work to present adult Jewish programming to our community.

The conference will feature a presentation by Dr. Stephen Brookfield, one of the leading figures in adult learning.

Over lunch there will be panel discussions about how adults learn, with presenters from around the country. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Catherine Marienau of DePaul University.

After lunch, enjoy breakout sessions on program recruitment, sustainability, and evaluation, with a special workshop component to help participants apply theory to practice and develop collaborative projects.


Dr. Stephen D. BrookfieldDr. Stephen Brookfield is the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

He has worked in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States, teaching in a variety of educational settings. He has written, co-written, or edited books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory, six of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education. His work has been translated into German, Korean, Finnish, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Farsi, and Albanian. In 2008, he was awarded the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for "significant contributions to the field of adult and experiential learning."

After 10 years as a Professor of Higher and Adult Education at Columbia University in New York, he now holds the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where he recently won the John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher/Scholar. 

Dr. Catherine Marienau is a faculty member at DePaul University's School for New Learning. She writes, teaches, and consults in areas concerning higher education for adults, including program development, curriculum design, and assessment. She earned her PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Spertus Institute proudly spearheads the Chicago Adult Jewish Learning Initiative with funding from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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