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October 14, 2018 : Math professor to Associate Dean to Campus Dean to Friends of the Library speaker

by Sarah Shy 


Friends of the Library will be hosting a presentation by Dr. Robert Klein, Interim Dean, Eastern Campus and Associate professor of Mathematics, about his experience and participation in Navajo math circles. His work is featured in a PBS documentary (Navajo Math Circles, directed by George Csicsery) that aired last year.


Klein’s presentation will be October 18th at 6:30pm and will be held in the Raymond S. Wilkes Galley on the 5th floor of Ohio University Lancaster’s Brasee Hall.  


“Bob is a lover of books, reading, libraries—everything that librarians hope for in all patrons. I couldn’t be happier to be showcasing Bob’s fascinating work and to be bringing him back to the Lancaster campus after his tenure here last year.”—Judy Carey Nevin, director, Hannah V. McCauley Library


The PBS documentary featuring Klein’s work is a one-hour film documenting some of the country’s most accomplished mathematicians and math educators, working with children and teachers in the underserved Navajo educational system. The students stay after school and assemble over the summer at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, where they study mathematics. The math circle approach emphasizes student-centered learning by putting children in-charge of exploring math to their own enjoyment.


At his presentation, Dr. Klein will be talking about his work in the math circles and where his efforts stand today. He will describe how the collaborations have broadened to include other tribes as well as those from outside of the United States.


Dr. Klein earned his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. He lives in Ohio’s Appalachian foothills, where he researches rural issues in mathematics education. As Executive Director of the Alliance of Indigenous Math Circles, he is working to expand his previous work with the Navajo Math Circles projects to other indigenous groups across the United States and the world. He is proud to be part of the amazing Board of Directors for Teachers2Teachers Global.  


The Friends of the Library organization was created in 1985 by Library Director Hannah V. McCauley. The mission of the Friends of the Library is to extend quality library and information services, generate funding for special materials and programs, and increase community awareness. The programs are funded by memberships which start at $20 for individuals ($10 for senior citizens)