Harvard Professor to Speak at UT

KNOXVILLE — Dr. Howard Gardner, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will speak at the University of Tennessee on April 28.

Gardner’s lecture, “Multiple Lenses on the Mind,” will take place at 5 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center’s Tennessee Auditorium. His lecture is presented by the 10th annual Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture.

There will be a reception prior to the lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. in the University Center Executive Dining Room. Both events are free and open to the public.

Gardner, the author of more than 20 books and several hundred articles, is known for his theory of multiple intelligences. He believes there are at least seven different intelligences allowing humans to learn: language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals and an understanding of ourselves. His theory opposes the idea that only a single human intelligence exists and can be assessed by standard psychometric instruments.

Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard and is an adjunct professor of psychology.

As senior director of Harvard Project Zero, Gardner has worked with colleagues for two decades on the design of performance-based assessments, education for understanding, the use of multiple intelligences to achieve more personalized curriculum, instruction and assessment and the nature of interdisciplinary efforts in education.

Gardner has received numerous honors including a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981, the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education in 1990 and a fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2000.

Gardner also has received honorary degrees from 21 colleges and universities, including institutions in Ireland, Italy and Israel, and was named honorary Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai in 2004. In 2005 he was selected by “Foreign Policy” and “Prospect” magazines as being among the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world.

For more information on this event contact the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at (865)974-2201.