Lecture Will Focus on Importance of Broad-Based Education

February 23, 2012 – Vassar College Sociology Professor Diane Harriford will come to Dutchess Community College on March 8 to give a lecture about the importance of broad-based education titled “Liberal Arts and the Community College Student.” It will begin at 7 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre and is free and open to the public.

The discussion will focus on how diverse offerings can illuminate new opportunities for students, and that college should be viewed as more than a place to build skills before starting a career.

Harriford was an assistant to Bella Abzug, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York in the 1970s. She also worked closely with the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Currently, Harriford is involved in the National Women’s Studies Association among other groups. She has taught sociology, women’s studies and African American studies at Vassar for more than 20 years.

The lecture will be presented by the Llelanie Orcutt Endowed Faculty Chair and is facilitated by Dr. Navina Hooker, a professor in DCC’s department of English and Humanities. For more information, call the Dutchess Community College Foundation at (845) 431-8400 .