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Mogensen Lecture brings expert on bullying, moral development, classroom culture to campus March 27

March 13, 2014
Dr. Ron Jacobson, dean of the School of Education, Northwestern University

EAU CLAIRE — An educator known for his leadership and research in school bullying, moral development and classroom culture is the featured speaker for the 11th annual Martin Mogensen Education Lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dr. Ron Jacobson is the dean of the School of Education at Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., where he is also an associate professor of education. Jacobson will present "Rethinking School Bullying: Dominance, Identity and School Culture" March 27 from 4-5:15 p.m. in room 1415 in Centennial Hall.

The focus of Jacobson's lecture is to better understand both the question of why kids bully, and the complex answers to that question.

"Bullying continues to rear its head on school campuses around the globe," Jacobson said. "And despite our best research and efforts, we have been less than effective in battling its spread."

Jacobson's presentation will note the ways in which dominance, identity and school culture coalesce to envelop kids in ways that impact the rest of their lives.

The presentation, hosted by the College of Education and Human Sciences in partnership with the Martin Mogensen family, is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

The Mogensen Lecture Series, which is part of a teacher education outreach effort, was established to honor Martin Mogensen, a 1952 UW-Eau Claire graduate. Mogensen became one of the first victims of school shootings in this country when, at the age of 46, he was killed by a student in the Tomah school where he served as principal. His daughters, Marti Mogensen and Margaret Mogensen Nelson Brinkhaus, both graduates of UW-Eau Claire, and other family members and friends support the lecture series through the Martin Mogensen Education Lecture Fund of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. They also established a scholarship fund as a tribute to their father.

Brinkhaus and Mary Mogensen Hardie, representing the family, will present the Martin Mogensen Education Scholarship at the lecture. It will be given to a Wisconsin education major who has attained a high level of scholarship and who shows promise for becoming a successful teacher.

For more information about the lecture or scholarship, contact Rob Reid at or 715-836-5015.





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