Conference to examine racial inequality in K-12 education

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.

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