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April 2017

Public lecture: Can education change society?


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Professor Michael Apple 

University of Wisconsin, Madison


6 pm Monday 22 May 2017

Room NT1 (Newman Theatre 1)

                        UCD Newman Building                            

The event marks the 50th Anniversary of Free Second-Level Education in Ireland    ‌


Michael W. Apple is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is one of the foremost educators in the world and one of the 50 most influential scholars in education. His lecture is based on his most recent book Can Education Change Society.  

This is a free, ticketed event. Please reserve a ticket online at


Michael Apple holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association. His books have won numerous accolades and have been translated into several languages: Official Knowledge (1993) was selected as one of the most important books of the 20th century in the social sciences by the International Sociological Association; Educating the “Right” Way: Markets, Standards, God and Inequality (2001) was awarded Critics Choice Award by the American Educational Studies Association and the Outstanding Book Award by the American Educational Research Association.

Michael has held Distinguished Professorships at the University of London, University of Manchester and Northeast Normal University in China. A former elementary and secondary school teacher and past-president of a Teachers’ Union, he has worked with educational systems, governments, universities, unions, and activist and dissident groups throughout the world to democratize educational research, policy, and practice.


This lecture is funded by the Irish Research Council Advanced Research Project: Equality of Opportunity in Practice: Studies in Working, Learning and Caring, led by Professor Kathleen Lynch.


Date: Wednesday, 5 April 17