Pacifica Speaker Series: Tom Gage, Nov 3 @ 7pm in Sunnyvale, CA

Pacifica Speaker Series: Tom Gage, Nov 3 @ 7pm in Sunnyvale, CA


“The Changing Center: Thoughts on Resilience in the Face of Ambiguity”

Dr. Gage came for a book signing for his book Gulen’s Dialogue on Education and gave a presentation regarding Syrian students in refugee camps, his experiences in Turkey and other Middle Eastern countries, and how we, as a community, can help raise awareness for the people in need, especially in the Middle East. There were more than 50 people in both events and discussed the importance of education, the recent events in Turkey, and how we can connect throughout different generation, cultures and ethnicities.

He also discussed “The Black Swan” and how the older generation is becoming decentered around new things like technology and education and are forced to learn from the younger generation. According to Dr. Gage, “Black Swan” is not necessarily a bad thing. It can help people from all kinds of different races and cultures to bond and connect through different kinds of situations.



Since 2010, Dr. Gage, Professor Emeritus, Humboldt State University, has chaired the International Youth Platform of the Gűlen Institute of Houston,Texas. This essay contest has brought more than a hundred winning student authors to Congress to receive awards from thirty-four nations and twenty-six states. During his more than fifty years in education, Dr. Gage has taught at every level. In 2014, he authored Gűlen’s Dialogue on Education: a Caravanserai of Ideas. Gage has taught in China, the United States, and served as Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Aleppo, Syria. He has served as dean in England, France, and Italy; and has lectured or conducted workshops in Greece, Morocco, Canada, and the Netherlands.
All his degrees were earned at the University of California at Berkeley. Since retiring in 2006, he has lectured on four continents and at conferences held at or sponsored by U.S.C.,  L.S.U., U.C.L.A., Texas at Austin, Yale, Georgetown, Syracuse, Temple, Toronto, among others. He has also authored American Prometheus, which won two awards at the 2013 NYC Book Expo — an iBook composed on Apple software. Gage wrote the chapter on education in Hizmet Means Service, edited by Dr. Martin Marty, published in 2015 by U.C. Press,. He is the author of three entries in theEncyclopedia of English Language Arts. He has also critiqued for the National Council of Teachers of English the standards in language arts for Vermont and Oregon, and participated in the team that adjudicated the self assessments of a lower division major and four masters degrees at one of the Iowa State universities. Further, he served on the writing or advising teams that resulted in two documents of the California State Department of Education. Gage, in 1973, participated as one of two authorities in his field in responding to the first published findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (“NAEP”).
[ There will be book signing by the author after the event. The book fees can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. ]



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