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Noted American education history & desegregation expert to give Brown Lecture in Education Research

Washington, DC event will be live-streamed online

American Educational Research Association


The 11th Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research, held by the American Educational Research Association. The title of this year's public lecture, which features speaker Dr. James D. Anderson, is "A Long Shadow: The American Pursuit of Political Justice and Education Equality."

This year and next are major anniversaries of landmark moments in the American struggle for equality--the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the sesquicentennial of the 13th Amendment, and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Anderson's address takes a sweeping view of this history. He examines how the constitutional framing of the equality of political power in the Reconstruction era casts a long shadow over American social justice today and continues to shape the pursuit of all forms of equality--including current controversies over immigration and voter identification laws.

The Brown Lecture was inaugurated in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took into account scientific research in issuing its landmark ruling. Each year a distinguished scholar notable for producing significant research related to equality in education is invited to give a public lecture in Washington, D.C.


James D. Anderson, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a noted expert on American education history and desegregation.

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anderson is Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education; head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership; executive associate dean for the College of Education; and affiliate professor of history. His scholarship focuses broadly on the history of U.S. education, with specializations in the history of African American education in the South, the history of higher education desegregation, the history of public school desegregation, and the history of African American school achievement in the 20th century. Anderson is senior editor of the History of Education Quarterly.

Anderson has served as an expert witness in a series of federal desegregation and affirmative action cases, including Jenkins v. Missouri, Knight v. Alabama, Ayers v. Mississippi, Gratz v. Bollinger, and Grutter v. Bollinger. He was an adviser for and participant in the PBS documentaries "School: The Story of American Public Education" and "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow." Learn more


Thursday, October 23, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. Anderson will speak for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. A reception will follow.


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Amphitheater, Concourse Level
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

(Federal Building: photo ID required to enter)


To RSVP to attend the lecture, visit, email, or call (202) 238-3234.


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The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

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