Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research
About the Annual Brown Lecture

The Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research is designed to feature the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education. The Lectureship was inaugurated in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took into account scientific research in issuing its landmark ruling. Each year a distinguished scholar notable for producing significant research related to equality in education is invited to give a public lecture in Washington, D.C.

The 2015 AERA Brown Lecture will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Past Brown Lectures in Education Research
Webcasts Available 

Call for 2015 Brown Lecture Nominations

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) seeks nominations for the Twelfth Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research. The Lecture will be delivered October 22, 2015 by a distinguished scholar notable for producing significant research or lines of research related to equality in education. The lecturer receives a $1,000 honorarium and travel expenses to Washington, D.C.

Members of the education research community are encouraged to submit nominations. All nominations must include the following:

  • A brief curriculum vitae/resume highlighting scholarship and research relevant to the Lectureship (no longer than two-pages).
  • A one-page statement on the nominee, the nominee’s research, and how the nominee’s research meets the objectives and purposes of the Lectureship.

Nominations can be submitted by e-mail to
Extended Deadline: February 10, 2015

The Brown Lecture Selection Committee is comprised of the AERA President, President-Elect, Chair of the Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC), Executive Director, Director of Social Justice, and two additional SJAC members. The chair of SJAC chairs the selection process.

Download the 2015 Brown Lecture Call for Nominations Flyer (PDF)

in Education Research

A Long Shadow: The American Pursuit of Political Justice and Education Equality

Thursday, October 23, 2014
6 p.m. EDT

The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
Amphitheater, Concourse Level
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Federal Building: photo ID required to enter


About the Event
With 2014 and 2015 marking major anniversaries of landmark moments in the American struggle for equality—the 60th anniversary of Brown, the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the sesquicentennial of the 13th Amendment, and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965—Anderson’s address examines how the constitutional framing of the equality of political power in the Reconstruction era casts a long shadow over American social justice today and continues to shape the pursuit of all forms of equality—including the current controversy over immigration and voter identification laws.

About the Speaker
James D. Anderson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), noted expert on American education history and desegregation, has been selected to present the 2014 Brown Lecture on October 23. Learn more

In 2014 and 2015, our nation commemorates several landmark moments in its long, unfinished struggle for political and education equality for all. This year, we observe with a mix of gratitude and disquiet the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Next year marks the sesquicentennial of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Read more
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