Carol Lee: Re-Visiting the Schoolhouse Door: Complexities of Race, Ethnicity, Immigrant Status and Class for Educational Access and Opportunity

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Time: 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
Location: 118 Graves Hall
Cost: Free 

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Dr. Carol Lee, Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and Past President of the American Educational Research Association, will be presenting the lecture entitled Re-Visiting the Schoolhouse Door: Complexities of Race, Ethnicity, Immigrant Status and Class for Educational Access and Opportunity in Our Democracy.

Sponsored by the College of Education 50th anniversary of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door Committee

The University of Alabama is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door throughout 2013, with a series of activities and events designed to honor the desegregation of UA in June 1963; the courage and dedication of the two African-American students who enrolled in the University on June 11, 1963; and the University's ongoing commitment to change over the past 50 years and to continued progress in the next 50 years.

Co-sponsored by the James P. Curtis Lecture Series

The  James P. Curtis Distinguished Lecture Series was created by the Board of Directors of the Capstone Education Society to bring an educator or public figure of renownto the campus each year to lecture about contemporary education issues. It was named in honor of Dr. James P. Curtis, a faculty member in the College of Education for 23 years. During his service to The University as Professor of Administration and Educational Leadership and Assistant Dean of the Bureau of Educational Services and Research, and through his guidance, Curtis influenced the lives and careers of countless students who have become prominent educators throughout Alabama, the United States, and the world. The series was inaugurated in 1991 with lecture by the late Dr. John Henry Martin, developer of the Writing to Read software.  The lecture was endowed in 2006.

About Carol Lee

Carol D. Lee is the Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Education and Social Policy in the Learning Sciences Program at Northwestern University.  She is a past president of the American Educational Research Association (April, 2009-May, 2010), AERA's past representative to the World Educational Research Association (2010-2012), a member of the U.S. National Academy of Education, past President and Fellow of the National Conference of Research on Language and Literacy, former Vice President of Division G of the American Educational Research Association, a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. She is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, Scholars of Color Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association, the Walder Award for Research Excellence at Northwestern University, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Illinois-Urbana, The President's Pacesetters Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.  Professor Lee is the author of three books including the most recent Culture, Literacy and Learning: Taking Bloom in the Midst of the Whirlwind and co-editor of Vygotskian Perspectives on Literacy Research, along with numerous other scholarly publications.  Her research focuses on ecological influences on learning and development, including the Cultural Modeling Framework for the design of instruction that scaffolds knowledge constructed from youth's everyday experience to support discipline specific learning.  She is a co-founder of four schools in Chicago spanning a 38 year history, including three charter schools, serving as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Betty Shabazz International Charter Schools.

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