AERA 2021 Brown Lecture in Education Research
The 18th Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research, "Still Climbing the Hill: Intersectional Reflections on Brown and Beyond." will take place virtually on Thursday, October 21, 2021, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. ET. This year's public lecture will be delivered by Lori Patton Davis, PhD, Chair of the Department of Educational Studies and an influential scholar known for her cross-cutting scholarship on African Americans in higher education, critical race theory, diversity initiatives on college campuses, Black girls and women in educational and social contexts, and college student development.
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb”—among the most powerful moments of the 2021 Presidential Inauguration—inspired the central inquiry of this year’s Brown Lecture: Why are we still climbing the hill of educational equity 67 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education? In her lecture, Patton Davis challenges dominant narratives surrounding Brown and introduces perspectives that might help account for our lack of progress—perspectives that typically are overlooked or erased in wider Brown discourses. Her scholarly analysis contributes a robust understanding of Brown and its historical and contemporary meanings in the sociopolitical contexts of racism and White supremacy.