Sept. 20, 2004
Dr. Greg Guelcher,
associate professor of history and political science at Morningside
College, will give a presentation on education in rural India
on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 11:45 a.m. in the formal lounge
of Roadman Hall, 3600 Peters Avenue. The public is invited
to the free event, which is sponsored by Morningside's Academic
and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
"Education in Rural India: Kuchela Village 's Subira Devi
Memorial High School " will be based on research he conducted
while on sabbatical in India in November 2003. His presentation
will be enhanced by a slide show of photographs he took during
a four-day visit to Subira Devi Memorial High School.
of all children ages 6 to 14 in India do not attend school
regularly, according to the Indian government's statistics,"
Guelcher said. "Those who do attend school regularly consider
it a great privilege and take their studies very seriously.
Such a positive attitude towards education allows teachers
to do much with far fewer resources than we in America would
expect to find in the average school."
Guelcher joined Morningside's
faculty in 1996. He specializes in Asian history and culture
and has studied in Tokyo, Yokohama, and Hong Kong. He has
served on Morningside's curriculum policies committee since
2001. Guelcher was one of three recipients to be awarded the
2003 Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award, based on teaching
excellence, effective advising, and extraordinary service
to Morningside College in support of the institution's strategic
plan and scholarship. He has served as a visiting research
scholar at the University of Tokyo 's Institute of Oriental
Culture and as a guest lecturer at the Toyama City International
Center 's International Speech Academy in Japan.
his master's degree and his doctorate from the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his bachelor's degree
from the College of Wooster, Ohio.