Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College to commemorate, take new look at historic Brown v. Board decision at public conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A multidisciplinary group of policy makers,
researchers and practitioners will meet Friday, April 2, at Vanderbilt
University’s Peabody College of education to discuss the landmark Brown
v. Board of Education decision.

The daylong conference, which will both commemorate and take a new
look at the educational and societal effects of the decision, is
scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Wyatt Center Rotunda on
the Peabody College campus. A reception will follow from 5:15 to 6:30

The conference is the final event in Vanderbilt’s Brown v. Board of
Education 50th Anniversary Series. The event is free and open to the
public; however, reservations are required. Registration is limited. To
register, e-mail by Monday, March 15.

Sponsors of the event are the Peabody Center for Education Policy,
the Peabody Dean’s Office, the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy
Studies (VIPPS) and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.

The schedule for the conference is as follows:
8:30-8:45 a.m. – Welcome and Remarks
Gordon Gee, chancellor, Vanderbilt University
Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

8:45-10:15 a.m. – Brown in Perspective
Judge Damon Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
David H. Williams II, vice chancellor, general counsel and professor of law, Vanderbilt University
Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., associate provost and professor of philosophy, Vanderbilt University
Moderator: Kenneth K. Wong, professor of public policy and education and professor of political science, Vanderbilt University

10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Social Science and Public Policy: Toward Racial Equality in Education
W. Guthrie, professor of public policy and education, director of the
Peabody Center for Education Policy and chair of the Department of
Leadership, Policy and Organizations, Vanderbilt University
Beverly I. Moran, professor of law and sociology, Vanderbilt University
Jaekyung Lee, assistant professor of counseling, school, and educational psychology, SUNY Buffalo
Charles Clotfelter, professor of public policy studies, Duke University
Moderator: Mark Berends, associate professor of public policy and education, Vanderbilt University

12:15-1:15 p.m. – Lunch will be provided

1:15-3 p.m. – Impact of Brown on Nashville Schools and Communities
Judge Richard Dinkins, chancellor, Davidson County Chancery Court, Part IV
Douglas E. Wood, executive director, Tennessee State Board of Education
Rev. Lisa Hunt, member of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Board of Education and rector of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church,
Nashville, Tenn.
Ellen B. Goldring, professor of educational policy and leadership, Vanderbilt University
Claire E. Smrekar, associate professor of public policy and education and assistant to the provost, Vanderbilt University
Moderator: Gail Williams, assistant director of Community Engagement, Vanderbilt University

3:15-5 p.m. – The Future of Racial Equality in Education
Pedro Garcia, director, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
Menah Pratt, university compliance officer and assistant secretary of the university, Vanderbilt University
Tina Yih-ting Chen, assistant professor of English, Vanderbilt University
B. Cornfield, professor of sociology and acting director of the
Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University
Moderator: Stephen P. Heyneman, professor of international educational policy, Vanderbilt University

5 -5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

5:15-6:30 p.m. Reception

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