September 10, 2019

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Sept. 10, 2019—Cathy N. Davidson, Ph.D., a world-renowned scholar on higher education and technology, will present “Revolutionizing Learning” on Tuesday, Sept. 17, as part of Centenary University’s Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lecture series. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the University’s Sitnik Theater, located in the David and Carol Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Author of The New Education (Basic Books, 2017), Dr. Davidson is a champion of active learning techniques that allow students and educators to break free from outdated methods and instead share the work of learning within vibrant, creative communities. Her presentation will examine the state of higher education today by first looking back to its industrial origins, and then moving forward to a future of learning that must be created to ensure that students are prepared to both survive and thrive in the digital age.

While on campus,  Dr. Davidson will also meet with students to discuss translating college work to the essential skills demanded by employers, and with faculty on ways to incorporate exciting, productive, and creative active learning into the classroom.

A distinguished professor and founding director of the Futures Initiative at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Dr. Davidson has served as a keynote speaker at the Nobel Prize Committee’s Forum on the Future of Learning and was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Barack Obama. She writes for publications including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and Times Higher Ed, and has published some 20 books.


The Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lecture at Centenary University recognizes the dedication to the University of Joseph R. Ferry, trustee from 1948 to 1976 and treasurer of the Board of Trustees for 20 years. It was established to set high standards and goals for students and faculty, and to enrich the quality of life on the Centenary campus.


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix provides an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world. The University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township. The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs at two locations, Parsippany and Edison, as well as online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.

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