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Clarke Professor to Share Worldly Experience in Upcoming Lecture, Feb. 10

posted on January 29, 2009

Clarke College will host the faculty lecture of this year’s Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series, “Telling Tales Out of School: The World as a Classroom,” presented by Sean Bradley, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics, on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

In his lecture, Bradley asks “Does a math teacher view the world differently than you do?” His answer – “That depends on how you see the world and your place in it, as well as what have you learned from your experiences and education.” 

A math teacher for over 20 years, Bradley will explore some of what he has learned. From thought experiments about ping-pong balls to termites in West Africa to teaching math at Clarke, there must be something to say about the patterns of our lives. 

In 2002, Bradley took a leave of absence from his work in the mathematics department at Clarke to give his family the experience of a lifetime. Sean, his wife Betsy, and their daughters, Meg, Jane and Grace, moved to American Samoa in the South Pacific, where Sean and Betsy were volunteer teachers at the Fa’asao Marist High School for two years. They received only a place to stay and a food stipend for their work.

Bradley has served on the faculty at Clarke College since 1996. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Pennsylvania State College, a master of arts degree from Temple College and a Ph.D. from the College of Oregon. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone in the late 1980s.

The Mackin-Mailander Lecture Series was established in the spring of 1997 after Clarke received gifts from two alums, Mary Mackin '34 and Verna Slattery-Mailander '20, to establish an endowed lecture series. The annual series consists of three lectures, including a prominent outside speaker, a faculty lecture and an alum lecture.

For more information, please contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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