Tisch Lecture

Tisch Lecture

The 2021 Tisch Lecture
Expertise: What Anthropology and The Arts can Contribute to its many Missions
March 18, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm | Virtual Event

Grey Gundaker
Dittman Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, William and Mary

What Anthropology and the Arts Can Contribute to its Many Missions

One of TC’s major missions is to cultivate expertise in health and education. Its credentials mark graduates as experts. However, recent events in the US include strong stands against experts, a resistence John Dewey anticipated as a byproduct of democracy and Lawrence Cremin strove to remedy through accessible dissemination of knowledge. This talk adds to that discussion, pointing out that expertise inevitably involves a narrowing of focus, while the worlds in which experts work are always complex. This talk suggests some ways that anthropology and the arts can contribute to the practice of expertise in its many, diverse missions.

Lecturer Background

The Laurie M. Tisch Visiting Professorship was established in 2000 through the generosity of Trustee Emerita Laurie M. Tisch, to support a visiting faculty member during an academic year. The Distinguished Tisch Lecture is given annually by the visiting faculty to speak about a topic considered important to the future of education in the broadest sense.

Over the past 20 years, the Tisch lecture has continued to inspire audiences through the exploration of education and its impact on society. Past topics have addressed important issues such as educational equity, diversity and citizenship in education, and the implications of technology in both teaching and learning.

Laurie Tisch is the founder of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, which strives to improve access and opportunity for all New Yorkers. The Illumination Fund consistently champions innovative approaches to education, the arts, healthy food and service in order to illuminate strategies that transform our urban landscape.


2019-2020 Derrick P. Alridge Teachers in Movement: Pedagogy, Activism, and Freedom
2017-2018 Nathan Fox Recovery From Severe Psychological Deprivation
2016-2017 Charles Payne Claim No Easy Victories: Can the Social Sciences Serve the Equity 
Interests of the Poor?
2015-2016 Susanna Loeb Unless Information? How Information Does and Does Not
Help Parents Reach Their Goals for Their Children
2014–2015 Reed Stevens   Cyborg Learning
2011–2012 Helen Clark  Education and International Development
2010–2011 Priscilla Wohlstetter Sharing responsibilities for public education: Where public meets private—the new education landscape
2009–2010 Robert Siegler Leveling the Playing Field for Learning Math
2007–2008 James A. Banks Diversity and Citizenship Education in Global Times
2005–2006 Richard Rothstein Towards a TC Report Card on Equity in American Education
2003–2004 Pedro Noguera City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education
2002–2003 Jane Junn Educating Democratic Citizenship: What Good is Education for Democracy
2001–2002 Vera John Steiner  
2000–2001 Bernard Gifford Closing the Chasm Between Promise and Reality: Location-independent Learning and Teaching
Back to skip to quick links