FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT ANSON SMITH AT 203-332-5229 OR ELIZABETH RAVER AT 860-480-0870

Sept. 29
HCC CONTEMPORARY ISSUES PROGRAM  TO PROBE GENDER DIFFERENCES IN LEARNING MATH

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College will kick off its 2009-2010 Contemporary Issues Program Tuesday, Sept. 29 with a presentation on Gender Differences in Learning Math.

HCC professor Elizabeth Raver will address the question, “Are men better able to learn math than women?” Her answer is a resounding “No!” and she’ll explain why.

Her talk will touch on each gender’s learning styles and what can be done in classroom situations to ensure that neither group is shortchanged in the educational process.

The event, sponsored by the college’s Diversity Awareness Committee, is the first in a series of talks on contemporary issues related to diversity. At least twice a year, faculty and/or staff members will make a presentation on a topic that falls within their areas of expertise.

 “To further its goal of promoting diversity awareness on campus, the committee voted to sponsor a lecture series featuring experts on diversity related subjects.” said Committee Chairman Anson C. Smith. “We realized from the outset that we could look to our own ranks: Our faculty and staff have their own areas of expertise – many have written theses or conducted research in them – and many have been called upon by the print and electronic media for expert commentary.”

Raver will make two presentations: one at 3 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. Both, which will be held in the Event Center in Beacon Hall, are free and open to the public.

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.