Daniel Solorzano, Carla O'Connor to Present Distinguished Annual Meeting Lectures
Daniel Solorzano, Carla O'Connor to Present Distinguished Annual Meeting Lectures

January 2019

AERA President Amy Stuart Wells has announced prominent scholars Daniel Solorzano and Carla O’Connor as major speakers at the 2019 Annual Meeting. The meeting—scheduled for April 5–9 in Toronto—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.

Solorzano, an AERA Fellow, will give the AERA Distinguished Lecture. He is a preeminent scholar in Critical Race Theory and race and racism in higher education. While his work centers on Chicano and Latino experiences, he explores intersections with African American and feminist perspectives in educational access, equity, and diversity. Solorzano is a professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the director of UC/ACCORD (All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity). He also holds professorships in the Chicana and Chicano and women’s studies departments at UCLA.

O’Connor will present the Wallace Foundation Distinguished Lecture. A sociologist of education, she is a leading expert in the areas of African American achievement, cultural studies, urban education, and ethnographic studies. She examines how Black students’ identities, educational outcomes, and perceptions of opportunity vary across social, institutional, and historical contexts. O’Connor is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. She directs the Wolverine Pathways, a free year-round program that partners with families, schools, and communities to support academic success, college admission, and career exploration.

Additional information about these and other noteworthy sessions will become available in the coming weeks. More than 14,000 attendees are expected at the 2019 Annual Meeting. The meeting’s theme is “Leveraging Education Research in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era: Multimodal Narratives to Democratize Evidence.”

Click here to register for the Annual Meeting. The registration fee is lower if you are a 2019 AERA member. Be sure to obtain or renew your AERA membership before registering for the meeting to receive the discounted registration rate.

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