Talking Teds — Anika Prather and Roger Carstens

Two GI alums to Speak at the college’s first Tedx Event

St. John’s will be holding the first Tedx Event in Annapolis, next month on January 18th. The event will consist of a number of talks ranging in topics

Two of the speakers will be GI alumni. Both Dr. Anika Prather, founder of the Living Water School, and Mr. Roger Carstens, the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy in the U.S State Department of Human Rights Labor.

Dr. Prather has been written about before by the college, and even here in the Colloquy. Her biography from the Living Water School, where she teaches, is as follows:

Dr. Anika Prather has earned her B.A. from Howard University in elementary education. She also has earned several graduate degrees in education from New York University and Howard University. She has a Masters in liberal arts from St. John’s College and has completed her PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has served as a teacher, director of education and the Head of School for public and Christian schools. The inspiration for starting this school comes from her three creative and curious kids. Anika’s blog is where she talks about her views on freedom in education and her research on literacy education for African American students.

Mr. Carstens also has an impressive background, as his biography is as follows:

Roger D. Carstens a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel who served in Special Forces and the 1st Ranger Battalion. He currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, where he oversees the Bureau’s work in Near Eastern Affairs, Western Hemisphere Affairs, and the Office of Security and Human Rights. He previously also served in Amman, Jordan as the Country Director for a U.S.-based INGO that provided humanitarian assistance and stability support to Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons. In addition, he has also served as a Senior Civilian Advisor in Afghanistan; Project Director for an INGO based in Somalia; Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security; and Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and St. John’s College. 

As the first of it’s kind in Annapolis, the event will be a way for students from both campuses, undergraduates, GI students, and staff members to come together and explore topics which are important and relevant to their experience as students.

For ticket information, visit the TedxSt. John’s College website.



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