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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Macalester College 11th Annual American Studies Conference

Macalester College is pleased to announce their 11th Annual American Studies Conference, "Freedom to Learn: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline," February 25-26, 2010.

Macalester College 11th Annual American Studies Conference
Freedom to Learn: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline
Keynot Speaker
Pedro Noguera
Steinhardt School of Education at New York University
Thursday, February 255
6-7:30 p.m.
Alexander G. Hill Ballroom
Kagin Commons
Macalester College
Keynote Speaker: Professor Pedro Noguera
New York University
"Challenging Racial Inequality in Our Schools"
As a leading urban sociologist, Noguera examines how schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. What are the challenges they face in providing safe, academically rewarding environments? What is the state of race relations, racial inequality? What is the role of diversity? What is the impact of violence, parents, and school vouchers? What factors promote student achievement?
Which detract from it? What is the impact of immigration and migration? A realistic, hopeful speaker, Noguera shows you the hurdles we face in providing equal education to all -- and then unveils the solutions that are already working to overcome them.
Pedro Noguera is one of America's most important voices for healthy public education. An expert on school reform, diversity, and the achievement gap, he is a currently a professor at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University and Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education. He is also a part-time high school teacher, the author of several groundbreaking texts, a regular guest on CNN, and a dynamic speaker who translates social theory into concise, hip language with emotional impact and intellectual rigor. Pedro Noguera has been a professor at the graduate schools of both Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or editor of several books, including the seminal City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming The Promise of Public Education and Unfinished Business: Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools and The Trouble with Black Boys And Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education. He has also engaged in collaborative research with large urban school districts. Recently, he helped launch A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education, a group of public policy experts in various fields (housing, education, civil rights), and from across the political spectrum, working to break a decades-long cycle of reform efforts that promised much and have achieved far too little. The group works in areas that research shows must be addressed if we are to keep our promises to all of America's children.
2010 Conference Schedule:
Thursday, February 25th
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Keynote Reception
Kagin Ballroom,
Macalester College
6-7:30 p.m.
Keynote Address
Book signing to follow
Kagin Ballroom,
Macalester College
Friday, February 26th
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Panel Discussion on Dismantling the Schools to Prison Pipeline
Weyerhaeuser Boardroom and Lounge
Macalester College
The American Studies Department at Macalester College is fortunate to host our eleventh annual American Studies Conference, "title". The conference is held every February during Black History Month, and each year a different theme is selected. The conference brings internationally renowned scholars to campus to present their work and engage with faculty, staff, students and Twin Cities residents. The conference seeks to highlight the links between scholarship, activism and civic engagement.
Macalester College
American Studies Department
See attachment below for flyer:
Conference Poster 2010 final.pdf