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Dr. Ladson-Billings to Deliver Thompson Lecture in November: “Stakes is High:” Educating New Century Students

Although most of the education establishment seems fixated on what it terms the “achievement gap,” few are looking carefully at the changing needs of this century’s African American students. The combination of technology and globalization situate them to make significant contributions in every field of endeavor yet schools continue to insist on a 19th century curriculum and instructional model. In this talk Dr. Ladson-Billings will address the way new technologies and hip hop culture are helping to write new academic narratives that capture the hopes and imagination of a new generation.

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and faculty affiliate in the departments of Educational Policy Studies, Afro American Studies, and the African Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ladson-Billings currently serves as the Interim Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Chancellors and Powers-Knapp Scholars Program. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association (2005-2006) and a member of the National Academy of Education. She has published 8 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters. Her work focuses on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Critical Race Theory applications to education.

The 33rd Annual Charles Thompson Lecture-Colloquium will be held on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 at 5:00PM  in the Blackburn Center ballroom. The Charles Thompson Lecture-Colloquium is jointly sponsored by the Howard University School of Education and the Journal of Negro Education, the School’s seminal research quarterly now in its 80th year of continuous publication as a refereed journal devoted to issues incident to the education of Black people.