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John and Mary Sue Oehler Lecture for Educational Leadership

One of the School of Education’s signature events, the John and Mary Sue Oehler Lecture for Educational Leadership brings internationally-renowned speakers to campus to provide their expertise on key issues in education.

Created in honor of Dr. John S. Oehler, who served as dean of the School of Education from 1985-2002, this annual lecture is free and open to all VCU faculty, staff and students as well as the general public. Previous presenters have included Dr. Peter Smagorinsky, a professor of language and literacy education at the University of Georgia; and the dean of William & Mary’s School of Education, Dr. Virginia L. McLaughlin.

This year’s event

The 2018 Oehler Lecture, featuring Dr. Patricia Gándara, research professor and co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, was titled “Latino students: Challenging myths and Reframing Assets.”

2018 Keynote Video featuring Dr. Gándara

2018 Photo Gallery


To catch up on some of the previous Oehler Lecture presentations, select the corresponding link from the list:

Previous lectures