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Evangeline Burgess Memorial Lecture Series

The annual Evangeline Burgess Memorial Lecture Series features widely recognized leaders in the fields of human development and early childhood education.

The series was instituted in memory of Pacific Oaks College’s first president, Evangeline Burgess, who had a clear vision of the important role of early childhood education and recognized the need for well-educated teachers for young children.

After joining Pacific Oaks Children’s School shortly after its founding, she developed a teacher education program that paved the way for the opening of Pacific Oaks College in 1959. Under her leadership, the College added programs to prepare nursery school teachers. She also initiated the school’s first research programs and established the cooperative master’s degree program with nearby colleges.

Dr. Evangeline Burgess passed in 1965, but her legacy lives on through this lecture series that honors her memory by recognizing the accomplishments of those on the cutting edge of various fields.

The inaugural lecture was delivered in 1968 by early childhood expert Milton J.E. Senn of Yale University.

Previous speakers include:

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