Registration Now OPEN for “A History of Education in Kentucky” Forum at EKU

A forum at Eastern Kentucky University on Thursday, Sept. 8, will examine the “History of Education in Kentucky.”

Governmental leaders, historians, educators, journalists and others, including Dr. William E. Ellis, EKU Foundation professor emeritus of history and author of the recently-published A History of Education in Kentucky, will discuss the past, present and future of the Commonwealth’s public and private P-16 educational system. Sponsors of the event, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Perkins Building, are EKU, the University Press of Kentucky, Kentucky Educational Television and WEKU-FM.

Other confirmed participants include the keynote luncheon speaker, former Gov. Paul Patton, now president of the University of Pikeville; Dr. Bob King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education; Dr. Terry Holliday, Kentucky commissioner of education; Doug Whitlock, president of EKU; Stu Silberman, executive director of the Prichard Committee; Renee Shaw, producer with Kentucky Educational Television, and dozens of others. Bill Goodman, Kentucky Tonight host on KET; David Hawpe, retired editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal; and Tom Eblen, columnist with the Lexington Herald-Leader, will serve as moderators.

The registration fee of $70 (plus $3 handling fee) includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a signed copy of Ellis’s book. To register with Visa or MasterCard, call EKU Conferencing and Events at 859-622-1444 and provide name, title, school/business, telephone number and e-mail address.

For more information about the event or to be placed on the forum’s mailing list, contact Marc Whitt, associate vice president for public relations at EKU, at

A History of Education in Kentucky, the only up-to-date, single-volume history of education in the Commonwealth, illuminates the successes and failures of public and private education since the settlement of Kentucky. Ellis demonstrates how 19th-century political leaders created a culture that devalued public education and refused to adequately fund it. He also analyzes efforts by policy makers and teachers to enact vital reforms and establish adequate, equal education and discusses ongoing battles related to religious instruction, integration and the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA).

William E. Ellis, Foundation Professor Emeritus at Eastern Kentucky University, is the author of several books, including The Kentucky River and A History of Eastern Kentucky University. In 1999, he received the Governor’s Award for his book Robert Worth Bingham and the Southern Mystique.

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About University Press of Kentucky

The University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields for a largely academic audience and the publication of books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide mandated nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, operated as an agency of the University of Kentucky and serving all state institutions of higher learning, plus five private colleges and Kentucky's two major historical societies.

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