For release: September 19, 2008
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901/678-2843
The inaugural Barbara K. Lipman Award for Advances in Early Childhood Education will
be presented to Dr. Eleanor Duckworth, internationally renowned professor of education
at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Duckworth will accept her award
and deliver the keynote address at a dinner Thursday, Nov. 13, at the University of
Memphis Holiday Inn.
The award is made possible by a gift from Ira A. Lipman in honor of his wife, for
whom the award is named. It will be given annually to a researcher, writer, or program
designer who has significantly influenced early childhood education or child growth
Mrs. Lipman’s name is also carried by the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School
and Research Institute at the University of Memphis, a laboratory demonstration school
for pre-school-age children that is associated with the University’s College of Education.
Dr. Duckworth is a former student and leading interpreter of noted educator Jean Piaget.
She has been an elementary school teacher, and she has worked with curriculum development,
teacher education, and program evaluation in the United States, Europe, Latin America,
Africa, Asia, and her native Canada.
Dr. Duckworth holds a Ph.D. degree from the Université de Genève, as well as an honorary
doctorate from Lesley College. She is the recipient of a number of awards for her
work, and she is the author of several books, including The Having of Wonderful Ideas:
And Other Essays on Teaching and Learning, which has been characterized as “an indispensable
Mrs. Lipman has long been an advocate for the rights of children and for high-quality
early childhood education. She is the founder of the Montessori Program at the Lipman
School at the University of Memphis. Proceeds from the awards ceremony will help
support the school
The University of Memphis, founded in 1912, is a comprehensive metropolitan research
university that is recognized nationally and internationally for its academic, research,
and athletic programs. For its more than 20,000 students, the University offers more
than 254 areas of study for those seeking bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees;
it also offers the juris doctor (law) and education specialist degrees.
For information about reservations or other aspects of the Barbara K. Lipman Lecture
Series and Awards Ceremony, call the Lipman School at 901-678-2120.