Teach for America founder speaks as part of MSE Symposium

Annual undergraduate-run lecture series was established in 1967

Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach For America, will speak at Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus tonight as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium. Her 60-minute lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Image caption: Teach for America founder and CEO Wendy Kopp

Teach for America is a non-profit organization that aims to eliminate educational inequality by enlisting high-achieving recent college graduates and professionals to teach at schools in low-income communities across the U.S. Kopp, 45, founded the organization shortly after graduating from Princeton University in 1989.

The annual MSE Symposium—established in 1967 to honor the university's eighth president—is an undergraduate-run lecture series, free and open to the public, that brings speakers with a variety of perspectives on issues of national importance to the Homewood campus.

The theme for the 2012 symposium is "The Power of the Individual: How One Voice Can Change the World." Upcoming speakers in this year's six-event series include former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman (Oct. 17), author and CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin (Oct. 30), and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales (Nov. 14).