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Hall of Fame Teacher Returns to Emporia for Book Launch

Book cover, "The Rediscovery of Hope and Purpose" by Christopher W. Albrecht

Christopher Albrecht, a 2019 inductee into The National Teachers Hall of Fame, will return to Emporia on July 12 and 13 for a national launch of his second book “The Rediscovery of Hope and Purpose.”

The book includes “10 highly encaptivating interviews with inspiring people from all walks of life, intertwined with narratives, and history provide an investigation into social philosophy that promise the reader to think deeper and reflect stronger on the future,” according to the description. It is based in a brand-new genre coined Investigative Social Philosophy.

The book launch will be at 4 p.m. Monday, July 12, in the Skillet Atrium of Visser Hall on the Emporia State University campus. At the event, which will be recorded and archived on YouTube, Albrecht will introduce several distinguished guests, some of whom are featured in the book.

When asked why he wanted to return to Emporia from his hometown of Brockport, New York, Albrecht replied that he wanted to give back to the Hall of Fame and to Emporia for the warm welcome he and his family received two years ago. He made lasting friendships during induction week, and his Dr. Dig Shark Teeth Discovery at the Emporia Public Library was enjoyed by a packed house.

The two days in Emporia in July will feature free events open to the public. On Tuesday, July 13, Albrecht will be free for media interviews and campus activities until his 4:30 presentation at White Auditorium’s Little Theatre, where Dr. Dig will again amaze audience members as they dig through dirt looking for fossils and shark’s teeth. All ages are welcome to attend and participate. This event is sponsored by Emporia Public Library.

Albrecht teaches fourth grade in Brockport and serves as a park ranger in Maine during his summer break. His inspiration for the book came from his father, who will be in attendance, and others who have done extraordinary things to change the world for others. Albrecht was the last person to interview Beverly Cleary, one of America’s most successful authors and beloved teller of children’s stories, who died in March at the age of 104.

Books will be available for sale at both events in Emporia and are also available on

Albrecht says this is a book of joy which was started in March of last year, when the pandemic forced humans to re-examine what we truly need to survive and thrive in society. His answer is that hope and purpose are the driving forces to bring joy to our lives. His featured interviews include a football coach, a university president, the leaders of programs designed to help others, such as the Field of Dreams Uganda and others who represent his desire to rediscover the human spirit through these pages.

The National Teachers Hall of Fame is thrilled to host Albrecht’s book launch on the Emporia State University campus and is honored that he chose Emporia for this important literary event.

Further information about the book can be found at