For his entire academic career, Sean Reardon ’86 has sought to use his passions — the humanities and quantitative research — to make a difference in the field of education. One of the nation’s leading experts on educational inequality, Reardon researches how opportunities and outcomes vary in the United States for students of different racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic backgrounds. Reardon’s path to his current position, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education at Stanford University, is long and sprawling. It includes stops on a South Dakota Indian Reservation, a New Jersey Quaker school, and further academic work at Harvard and Penn State — but it all began at Notre Dame. Read More
Resources for Alumni
Looking for more Great Books to read?
A PLS graduate compiled a list of Great Books that we didn't read in PLS. Consider tackling Seminars VII and VIII.
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Each summer, PLS holds a week-long Summer Symposium for PLS alumni. The symposia give graduates an opportunity to explore one or two of the Great Books as a work of literature and within an historical and cultural context.
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