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Dr. Richard Ognibene to discuss his newest book as Temple Gates resumes Thursday Talks

Dr. Richard Ognibene

SCHENECTADY– Dr. Richard Ognibene, professor emeritus of Siena College will discuss his latest book, Change in Early 19th Century Higher Education in New York’s Capital District when Congregation Gates of Heaven resumes its Thursday Adult Ed Talks on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.

The book tells the story of Union College, Albany’s Academy and Female Academy, Emma Willard’s Female Seminary, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute including why they were founded, who made it happen, how they compared to similar institutions elsewhere, and their influence beyond the Capital District. It describes the emergence of a varied collection of higher education institutions in a specific time frame primarily during the period from 1790 to the 1850s.

Ognibene has been a prof. of education emeritus at Siena College since 2009 and was a professor of education and dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University from 1984-2001. He edited A Persistent Reformer: Jonathan Kozol’s Work to Promote Equality in America.

The program, facilitated by Rabbi Matt Cutler, spiritual leader of the congregation, and Arnie Rotenberg, director of congregational Jewish living, is free and open to the public. Each talk is free standing. No reservations are needed.

Rotenberg at 518-374-8173 or by e-mail arotenberg@cgoh.org, can provide details.

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