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Major Events, Lectures, and Speakers

The 2024 AERA Annual Meeting is the single largest gathering of scholars in the education research field and is a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative work in a diverse array of areas. All times are in Eastern Time. Stay tuned for more information.

Opening Plenary
Thursday, April 11, 6:10 pm to 7:40 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Ballroom AB

Speaker: Kimberlé W Crenshaw (University of California - Los Angeles)

Title: Fighting Back to Move Forward: Defending the Freedom to Learn In the War Against Woke

In her keynote lecture, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw will outline how extremists have weaponized critical race theory (CRT) in their “war on woke,” a dog whistle campaign that has functioned to impair public education, erase history,  circumscribe freedom of expression, and roll back the modest gains of the Civil Rights Movement. Professor Crenshaw will explore the ways that liberal institutions have been complicit in this war, endangering core features of our democracy. In the face of ever-growing book bans, legislation prohibiting the teaching of CRT, and an increasingly regressive environment in schools around the country, the collective efforts of educators to defend the freedom to learn in our schools is critical to the freedom to live in a multiracial democracy.

Professor Crenshaw’s lecture will be followed by a conversation with AERA President Tyrone C. Howard.

AERA Presidential Address
Saturday, April 13, 4:55 pm to 6:25 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Ballroom AB

Speaker: Tyrone C. Howard (University of California - Los Angeles) 

Title: Examining Our Past to Imagine a Better Future: Recognition and Redress of Racial Injustice in Education

Learn from the wisdom and knowledge of AERA President Tyrone Howard. The Presidential Address is an annual “can’t miss” event, where the state and future of the field are examined and attendees are inspired.

2024 AERA Distinguished Lecture
Friday, April 12, 11:25 am to 12:55 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 100 - Michael A. Nutter Theater

Speaker: Gloria J. Ladson-Billings (University of Wisconsin - Madison)

Title: "Not Yet at Plessy": 70 Years Post-Brown

2024 Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture
Sunday, April 14, 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 100 - Michael A. Nutter Theater

Speaker: Dolores Delgado Bernal (Loyola Marymount University)

Title: Disrupting Dominant Research Paradigms: A Collective Journey to Chicana/Latina Feminista Methodologies

Stock image of crowd looking at people on a stage2024 Awards Ceremony and Celebration
Friday, April 12, 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 100 - Michael A. Nutter Theater

Dedicated to recognizing excellence in education research, this special event honors AERA awardees.

One Philly: How the City and the School District of Philadelphia Collaborate to Achieve Educational Success
A Conversation with Mayor Cherelle L. Parker and Superintendent Dr. Tony B. Watlington

Friday, April 12, 4:55 pm to 6:00 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 100 - Michael A. Nutter Theater

Moderated by AERA President Dr. Tyrone Howard




Stock image of people watching a presentationAERA Welcoming Orientation for New Members and First-Time Attendees
Thursday, April 11, 7:10 am to 8:40 am
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 204 AB

Chairs: Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association), Tyrone C. Howard (University of California - Los Angeles), Janelle T. Scott (University of California - Berkeley)

New members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to an orientation session that offers an opportunity to learn more about the association and the benefits of being a member, as well as navigating the Annual Meeting.

Stock image of back of man at podium speaking to an audienceClosing Ceremony: Presidential Citation and Transition
Sunday, April 14, 3:05 pm to 4:35 pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Level 200 - Room 201A

Chairs: Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association), Felice J. Levine (American Educational Research Association), Rich Milner (Vanderbilt University), Janelle T. Scott (University of California - Berkeley)

The closing ceremony, which also serves as the AERA Open Business Meeting, features the official transition of the association’s presidential leadership and offers a time for AERA members to discuss important issues regarding education research and the work of AERA. Attendance is encouraged.​