Etta Kralovec will discuss education and the U.S./Mexico border April 3 at the College of the Atlantic's Human Ecology Forum. PHOTO COURTESY OF COA

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BAR HARBOR — Etta Kralovec will explore current conditions on the U.S./Mexico border as seen from the border towns of Bisbee and Naco, Ariz. Wednesday, April 3, at 4:10 p.m. at College of the Atlantic.

“Bi-national communities such as Bisbee and Naco provide a counter-narrative to the fear mongering about the border that has shaped our national conversation,” organizers said.

Kralovec is a professor of education at the University of Arizona South. She holds  a doctorate in philosophy from Teachers College, Columbia University, from which she received a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Over the past seven years, Kralovec has received more than $3 million in federal funds, including funding from the National Science Foundation to prepare science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers for schools in Arizona border communities. The program was awarded the Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award from the University of Arizona in 2015.

Kralovec’s international work includes video projects with high school students in Finland and Mexico. As a Fulbright Scholar at Africa University in Zimbabwe, she helped lead the effort to establish a teacher preparation program.

In the U.S. she is a leading voice in the nation in the movement to end homework. Her book, “The End of Homework,” co-authored with John Buell, is credited with starting the national debate about homework. She is also the author of “Schools that Do Too Much” and the co-authored collection, “Identity in Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Writings from Zimbabwe Students.”

Kralovec received an honorary Master in Philosophy in Human Ecology degree from COA in 2017.

The Human Ecology Forum is a free, weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, and political and religious leaders from around the world. Members of the public are invited to attend. Visit


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