Race & Education in the United States will discuss different ways that race and education interact and how those interactions affect other aspects of society.
More than 65 years have passed since Brown v. Board of Education and Brown II curtailed explicit racial segregation in American education. The civil rights battle over equal access to a quality education did not end with this decision, but rather it evolved to focus on other issues such as busing, funding, the school-to-prison pipeline, the right to literacy, among others.
Due to COVID-19, the 2021 symposium will be held online and will consist of three panels over three days.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9: "Race in Education: Discussing race in schools today"
Panelists: Kyle Campbell, associate general counsel, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO; Richard Delgado, John J. Sparkman Chair of Law, University of Alabama; Erika Richmond, postdoctoral research associate, Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina; Jean Stefancic, professor and Clement Research Affiliate, University of Alabama.
THURSDAY, MARCH 10: "Race of Education: Government's role in school administration & composition"
Panelists: Aaren Cassidy, interim assistant director, Campus School, University of Memphis; Erin Gianopoulos, attorney and graduate student, Wayne State University; Steven Nelson, associate professor of education law and education policy; Erika Wilson, professor of law, Wade Edwards Distinguished Scholar, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy and director of clinical programs, University of North Carolina.
FRIDAY, MARCH 11: "Race, Education, and Beyond: The ripple effects of racial policies in education"
Panelists: Thalia Gonzalez, senior scholar, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown University Law Center; Peter Hammer, professor of law and director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Wayne State University; Vinay Harpalani, associate professor of law, University of New Mexico; Paige Joki, staff attorney, Education Law Center; Nicole Tuchinda, visiting assistant professor of law, University of Memphis.
All panels will be moderated by Symposium Director Steven Nelson, Wayne State University Law School.
Each panel presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
Note: Lecture room 2242 has been reserved each day for on-campus students who would like to log on to the webinar in a quiet space using their laptops. Earbuds required.