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
Programma, from the Greek for "public notice," is an annual newsletter for PLS alumni/ae that includes essays, reflections, and news items written by PLS faculty, students, and alumni/ae.
The February 2017 Programma contains a letter by Thomas Stapleford, Chair of the Program of Liberal Studies, Kent Emery's Opening Charge, faculty news, the Cronin Award-winning essay, 2016 Senior Essay titles, alumni news, and benefactor recognition.