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Symposium to mark 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) and the Africana Research Center (ARC) are convening Brown@65, a national symposium of education, law and policy scholars and practitioners, May 10 at the Nittany Lion Inn on the Penn State University Park campus.

CECR logoTo commemorate the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) and the Africana Research Center (ARC) are convening Brown@65, a national symposium of education, law and policy scholars and practitioners, May 10 on the Penn State University Park campus.

The symposium will feature New York Times journalist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Nikole Hannah-Jones as the keynote speaker.

Speakers will discuss Brown’s promise of racial integration amid major contemporary threats to civil rights in education. The symposium will explore these issues in panels on Policies and Practices Perpetuating Racial Inequality; The Role of the State Today; and Growing Critically Conscious Teachers.

Confirmed speakers include Ansley Erickson, associate professor of history and education at Columbia University; Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, assistant professor of educational research at Western Carolina University; Derek Black, professor of law at University of South Carolina; Elizabeth DeBray, professor of educational administration and policy at University of Georgia; Janelle Scott, Robert C. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau distinguished chair in educational disparities at University of California, Berkeley; Preston Green III, professor of educational leadership and law at University of Connecticut; and Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman dean of the School of Education at University of Pittsburgh.

Registration is free but required as space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

The Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) works to promote equity across the educational pipeline by supporting efforts that facilitate integration through an interdisciplinary approach that bridges research and practice.

The Africana Research Center (ARC) encourages and supports research and scholarship that enhances the lives of Africans across Africa and the African Diaspora, and serves as a catalyst for promoting an enabling environment where cultural production and discourse on diversity can be nurtured.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Educational EquityCollege of Education's Office of Multicultural Programs, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Richards Civil War Era Center, School of Public Policy, Department of History, McCourtney Institute for Democracy and Penn State Law.

For more information, contact the Center for Education and Civil Rights at psu.cecr@gmail.com or visit https://cecr.ed.psu.edu/brown65-national-symposium-65th-anniversary-brown-v-board-education online.