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Education in the 21st Century: How Does it Impact our Society?

Join Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister of National Education, and Michael J. Middleton, Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean of the School of Education at Hunter College for a conversation on education in the 21st century and the impact that it is having in both France and the U.S. 

Reception to follow.

This event is free with RSVP.
Watch this event via Livestream on September 25 at 7pm (EST). 


Jean-Michel Blanquer is an academic and a French politician.  He followed brilliant studies, first at Stanislas College, then he joined the Sorbonne, where he obtained a degree in philosophy. He then pursued a DEA in political science Science-Po in Paris, before receiving two law degrees: a doctorate and the aggregation of public law. Aa a graduate student, he went abroad, especially in Colombia and the United States. He returned to France to teach public law, first at the University of Tours, then at the Institute of Political Studies in Lille. His academic career progressed when he was appointed director of the Institute of Advanced Studies and Latin America in 1998. He held this position until 2004, before successively occupying the position of rector of the Academy of Guyana and that of Creteil. This impeccable career led him to the presidency of ESSEC Business School in June 2013. He also held positions at the Ministry of National Education, first during the ministry of Gilles de Robien, then in that of Luc Châtel, where he is director general of school education. On May 17, 2017, he was appointed Minister of National Education by Édouard Philippe. Jean-Michel Blanquer is Commander of the Palmes académiques and is also Knight of the Order of Merit and the Legion of Honor.

Michael Middleton is the Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean of the School of Education at Hunter College.  He began his professional career as a high school mathematics teacher in Massachusetts working with at-risk youth.  He also served as Assistant Dean of Freshmen at Harvard University overseeing academic and residential programming for first-year students.  These experiences led him to doctoral study at the University of Michigan conducting research on the relation of classroom and cultural contexts on adolescent achievement motivation and well-being.   He continued this research as a faculty member at the University of New Hampshire in diverse community settings locally, nationally and internationally and has received funding for this work through the National Science Foundation.   His scholarship includes his recent book Motivation to Learn:  Transforming Classroom Culture to Support Student Achievement.  As Chair of the Education Department at UNH he led the reorganization of the department to enhance scholarship, innovative partnerships and faculty diversity.  At UNH he held the John and H. Irene Peters Professorship in Education to support his teaching, research and service and was a recipient of a UNH Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.   Before coming to Hunter College, he was Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at University of Massachusetts Boston where he led the College in being fully engaged in the community through research, teaching and outreach.

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