SESP Dedicates Kothari Learning Studio at Annenberg Hall

SESP Dedicates Kothari Learning Studio at Annenberg Hall

Kothari Learning Studio Dedication

In recognition of their son’s education at the School of Education and Social Policy, Shyam and Nina Kothari decided to support a classroom in Annenberg Hall where their son attended classes. The high-tech Kothari Learning Studio was dedicated on the day before Arjun Kothari’s graduation — at a June 19 reception attended by the Kothari family, Northwestern trustees and faculty members.

“We’ve had such wonderful memories at Northwestern,” said Shyam Kothari. Speaking of his son, Arjun, a learning and organizational change major, he said, “His best experiences have been at Northwestern.”

The classroom appealed to Kothari because of its variety of advanced technological capabilities for students to use. For example, the expansive wood-paneled room boasts five large video screens. “I’m happy that in a small way we kick off the We Will campaign,” he said. 

“We like to create new learning spaces that allow us to make use of technology in new ways,” said Dean Penelope Peterson, explaining innovative uses for the classroom, such as for students to participate virtually from distant locations, groups to collaborate via multiple screens, or instructors to create a “flipped classroom.” As she spoke, “video postcards” displayed the international work of students and recent graduates. “We’re looking forward to other wonderful ways we can use this room,” she noted.

Northwestern President Morton Schapiro recognized the Kotharis’ gift as an example of how much the family cares about undergraduate education. “Your generosity has been amazing. This is your legacy. … Because of your visionary gift, so many people will benefit,” Schapiro said. 

Shyam Kothari is a Northwestern University trustee, and Nina Kothari is a member of the School of Education and Social Policy advisory board. Arjun Kothari (BS14), who completed his SESP practicum at Accenture, is employed with GE.

Photo: SESP Dean Penelope Peterson, Shyam Kothari and Arjun Kothari (BS14) at the dedication of the Kothari Learning Studio.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/16/14