In the early 20th century, the city of Gary’s school system gained national and international fame as an innovative, progressive method of educating large numbers of students in an efficient and effective manner. Devised by Gary Schools Superintendent William A. Wirt, the Word-Study-Play system became known as a model for urban education in an industrial landscape. In this session, part of Indiana University Northwest’s Senior University, IU Northwest professor emeritus of history Ronald D. Cohen, author of Children of the Mill, will describe and analyze Dr. Wirt’s vision and its manifestation in Gary.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.
Admission: Senior University is open to all northwest Indiana seniors, ages 55 and up.
Fee: All Senior University events are free of charge.
Registration: Registration is required and can be completed by contacting the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (219) 980-6907.
Venue: All events will take place on the Indiana University Northwest campus (3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408). Detailed event location will be provided at the time of registration.
Parking Permits: Visitor parking permits can be purchased at the IU Northwest Parking Permit Kiosks for a fee of $2 per day (exact change and credit cards accepted). Visitor parking permits are also required for disability parking spaces. Kiosks are located in parking lot 2 (north side of IUN), in front of the John W. Anderson Library, and in parking lot 13 (near the Arts & Sciences building). Parking permits are not required for workshops that run on Fridays.