Keynote Speaker

The Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture on Education and Policy

Eric Liu

Founder & CEO, Citizen University

Keynote Address: Teaching Civic Power

Eric Liu is the founder and CEO of Citizen University and executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program. He is the author of several books, including "You're More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen," "A Chinaman's Chance," "The Gardens of Democracy," and "The Accidental Asian." Eric served as a White House speechwriter and policy adviser for President Bill Clinton. He is a regular columnist for and a correspondent for

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The Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture on Education and Policy has helped to establish Teachers College, Columbia University, as the nation’s premier address for the national conversation on education, where top officials and leading experts in the field present their views and policies.






Thursday, October 22, 2009
Inaugural Kossoff Lecture

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan


Monday, November 30, 2009
Discussion with: Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents (and TC alumna) and David Steiner, NY state Commissioner of Education joined by Teachers College’s own A. Lin Goodwin, Vice Dean & Evenden Professor of Education and Aaron Pallas, Arthur I Gates Professor of Sociology and Education. Moderated by President Susan H. Fuhrman.


Saturday, April 16, 2011 (Academic Festival)
New York City Schools Chancellor, Dennis Walcott
(First major policy address in his new role)

Monday, October 15, 2012
Taking the Election to School: Making Education a Focus of the 2012 Election
Jon Schnur and Phil Handy, top education advisors to President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, in discussion with TC President Susan H. Fuhrman.

The evening concluded with a panel discussion that included Jeffrey Henig, Professor of Political Science and Education and Chair of TC's Education Policy & Social Analysis Department; Liz Willen, Director of TC’s Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media; and Alyson Klein, political reporter at Education Week. The panel was moderated by Education Week Assistant Managing Editor Mark Bomster.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 (Academic Festival)
New York City Schools Chancellor, Carmen Fariña
“The First 100 Days”

Thursday, February 4, 2016
NY State Commissioner of Education, MaryEllen Elia
Making Sure They’re Ready: The Next Generation of New York’s Teachers
(In her first major policy address in NYC)

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Taking the Election to School: Making Education a Focus of the 2016 Election
A conversation between Christopher Edley, Jr., Senior Policy Advisor to the Clinton Campaign and TC President Susan Fuhrman. Mr. Edley is former Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law. (Trump campaign was invited to send a representative but they declined.)