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Community Dialogue with Eric Becoats and Sam Wells 

When: Thu., Oct. 21, 12:15 p.m. 2010

The mission of Duke Chapel is to "keep the heart of the university listening to the heart of God," says Chapel Dean Sam Wells. "But part of that listening means sharing the joys and struggles of people in our city." To advance this dialogue with the Durham community, Duke Chapel is inviting the public to a conversation with Durham public schools superintendent Eric Becoats.

"Dr. Eric Becoats is new to Durham and has come as public schools superintendent at a time of huge controversy in our neighboring Wake County," said Wells. And indeed he has. The Indy has covered the issue extensively, and recent news reports cite survey results indicating that the majority of Wake County schoolteachers currently feel that their school system is on the wrong track and have a negative impression of their school board.

In the shadow of such an overwhelming lack of confidence among teachers, parents and board members in one district, can fellow school boards fail to take notice and ask how they fare in comparison? In this installation of the chapel's Dean's Dialogues series, "Listening to the Heart of Durham," Wells and Becoats address topics related to the common good and the Duke-Durham relationship, including asking some tough questions: "Can a school system ever offer both excellence and equity? What values may be worth compromising to attain it?" Those who attend will also have a chance to ask questions. The dialogue begins at 12:15 p.m. —Lindsay Parker

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