Conference to examine racial inequality in K-12 education

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Five renowned scholars in the field of race and education will be featured at a conference April 3-4 (Thursday-Friday) at the University of Notre Dame.p. Titled “Race, Inequality and American Education,” the conference will examine the causes and consequences of racial inequality in K-12 education, evaluate policies designed to alleviate such inequalities, and propose new strategies for eradicating the problem. It is free and open to the public.p. The featured speakers are: Karl Alexander, professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University; Jomills Braddock II, professor of sociology at the University of Miami; Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; John Ogbu, professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley; and Gary Orfield, professor of education and social policy at Harvard University, director of the Harvard Project on School Desegregation and co-director of the university’s Civil Rights Project.p. The conference will begin with two panel discussions April 3, both of which will include the five guest scholars. They are as follows:p. ? 3-4:30 p.m., G-20 Flanner Hall ?“Race and Educational Inequality: Cutting Edge Research Issues”
? 7-9 p.m., McKenna Hall auditorium ? "Addressing Racial Inequality in American Education: A Public Forum
p. Five presentations will be given April 4 in the auditorium of the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. They are:p. p. ? 9-10:15 a.m. ? Gary Orfield on “Deepening Racial Stratification of Educational Opportunity: Implications for Civil Rights and Educational Policy”p. ? 10:15-11:30 a.m. ? Roslyn Arlin Mickelson on “The Persistent Paradox: Race, Gender and Adolescents’ Attitudes Toward Achievement”p. ? 1-2:15 p.m. ? Jomills Braddock on “The Effects of School Desegregation”p. ? 2:15-3:30 p.m. ? John Ogbu on “Thinking and Doing: The Significance of Minority Status”
? 3:45-5 p.m. ? Karl Alexander and Johns Hopkins doctoral candidate Travis Gosa on “Ruminations on Gamoran’s ?Virtuous Cycle’: Family Advantage and the Educational Prospects of African-American Youth”p. Funding for the conference has been made possible by a Henkels Visiting Scholars Series grant through Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Institute for Educational Initiatives, Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, and Department of Sociology.

More information is available at: http://www.nd.edu/~wcarbona/race-conference.htm .

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