New York University through its Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center) is sponsoring a commemorative conference: Brown: 60 and Beyond. The two day conference will engage scholars, practitioners, activists, and educators in tackling the question: has progress been made in eliminating racial barriers and expanding racial equality through education since this historic ruling?
May 16th theme: The Current State of Race and Education in the US features scholars that will present reflections and research on literacy and student empowerment, teacher effectiveness, racial disparities in suburbia, racial disparities in discipline and special education, and environmental racism and its impact on schools. Scholars include but are not limited to Ernest Morrell, Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Maisha and Tory Winn, Lauren Katzman, Antwi Akom, and Khary Lazare-White. The keynote address will be delivered by Gary Orfield.
On the evening of Friday, May 16, there will be a book launch of Schooling for Resilience (Fergus, Noguera, & Martin, 2014) and a film screening of Unequal Education (produced by youth at the Educational Video Center, evc.org). A panel discussion will follow, moderated by Farai Chideya and featuring Rudy Crew, David Jones, Deborah Meier, and Michael Rebell.
May 17th features: A teach-in featuring a juried debate among premier experts in race, theory, and education entitled: School Integration in the 21st Century: Is it a goal still worth pursuing? The provocative title of May 17th has been chosen to draw attention to the fact that despite the court’s landmark decision, de-facto segregation is growing. Very few policy makers, including the current administration, even mention integration as a goal that should be pursued. Hence the question: has progress been made in eliminating racial barriers and expanding racial equality through education since this historic ruling? The debate will be moderated by Anna Deavere Smith. Expert debaters include Ted Shaw, Russlynn Ali, Amy Stuart Wells, and David Banks. Remarks will be made by the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Be Prepared!