AERA to Hold Town Hall Meetings on Gun Violence Research and Sexual Harassment in Academe at 2018 Annual Meeting

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 AERA to Hold Town Hall Meetings on Gun Violence Research and Sexual Harassment in Academe at 2018 Annual Meeting

 Additional Featured Sessions to Address Key Education Issues

Washington, DC, April 9, 2018 – The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced that it will hold two town hall meetings at its 2018 Annual Meeting in New York City, April 13 - 17. Featuring prominent scholars and policy experts, the town hall meetings will engage Annual Meeting attendees through an open dialogue on critical issues.  The topics for discussion include research on gun violence and its implications for schools and communities, as well as transforming a culture of sexual harassment in the academy and scholarly professions.

  • Town Hall Forum on Research on Gun Violence and Implications for Schools and Communities

At a time when gun violence, on average, takes the lives of 100 people and injures hundreds more in the United States every day, credible, scientific research has never been more important to our understanding of what works to prevent gun violence. The speakers will also discuss the implications of gun violence research on schools and communities.

Chairs: AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine, AERA Past-President Vivian L. Gadsden (University of Pennsylvania)

Confirmed Participants Include: David Adam (Urban Assembly), Ron Avi  Astor (University of Southern California), Matthew J. Mayer (Rutgers University), Katherine S. Newman (University of Massachusetts), Pedro A. Noguera (University of California, Los Angeles), David M. Osher (American Institutes for Research)

        Session Details:
        Friday, April 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. ET
        Register for the live-stream

  • “Me Too”– A  Town Hall Meeting: Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Academy and Scholarly Professions

This meeting speaks to contemporary concerns about the ways in which power differentials and dominant social norms and practices have led to sexual harassment, abuse, and intimidation in scientific and academic workplaces. Each invited speaker will talk briefly from the vantage of their observations and expertise, with a moderated open forum across panelists and with the audience.

Chairs: AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine; Laura L. Namy, Executive Director, Society for Research in Child Development

Confirmed Participants Include: Rhonda Davis (National Science Foundation), Paula England (New York University), Shaun Harper (University of Southern California), Shirley M. Malcom (American Association of for the Advancement of Science), Charol Shakeshaft (Virginia Commonwealth University).

      Session Details:
      Saturday, April 14, 4:05 p.m. to 6:05 p.m. ET

The town hall meetings are part of AERA’s Research and Science Policy series of sessions at the Annual Meeting. These sessions, along with featured Presidential sessions, address major issues in education and education research—including the role of education researchers in an era of fake news, the state of bilingual education 50 years after the passage of the Bilingual Education Act, the fight for Mexican American studies in Arizona, and the rise of nonprofit education journalism, among others.

Additional information on these and other key sessions at the 2018 Annual Meeting can be found here. To browse the full online program, click here.

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The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.