Richard Milner to Give Brown Lecture on October 25—Register Now
Richard Milner to Give Brown Lecture on October 25—Register Now

Milner’s Talk Will Be Immediately Followed by a Discussion Forum

September 2018

H. Richard Milner IV, a leading scholar of urban education and teacher education at Vanderbilt University, will give the 2018 Brown Lecture in Education Research on October 25 at 6 p.m. ET at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. A large turnout is expected at this public lecture, titled “Disrupting Punitive Practices and Policies: Rac(e)ing Back to Teaching, Teacher Preparation, and Brown.”

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In his talk, Milner, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, will examine practices and policies at national, state, district, and local levels that are implicitly or overtly designed to punish rather than support the academic, social, cultural, and psychological development of Black, Brown, and low-income students.

Milner’s brief lecture will be followed by a moderated open discussion forum on the topic.

During the lecture, Milner will share voices of teachers, community members, and students who experienced the education system before desegregation, drawing connections to more contemporary realities facing students and education. He also will present results from the Teachers’ Race Talk Survey, an exploratory national survey that examines teachers’ beliefs about the importance of race in curriculum and instructional practices, teachers’ preparedness to discuss race, and teachers’ views on how to address institutionalized violence and racism with their students as an integral part of teaching and learning. Implications for the preparation and development of teachers will be discussed.

Prior to moving to Vanderbilt in August 2018, Milner spent five years as Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education, Professor of Education, and by courtesy Professor of Sociology, Professor of Social Work, and Professor of Africana Studies as well as Director of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.

In 2006, he received the AERA Early Career Award and became an AERA Fellow in 2016. He has also been honored with an AERA Outstanding Reviewer Award in 2015 and 2017 for his work on the editorial board of Educational Researcher. In 2016, he was awarded the John Dewey Society Outstanding Achievement Award for his scholarship bridging theory into practice in the spirit of John Dewey.

The Brown Lecture—now in its 15th year—was inaugurated by AERA in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took scientific research into account in issuing its landmark ruling. Each year a distinguished scholar notable for producing significant research related to equality in education is invited to give this public lecture in Washington, D.C.

The Brown Lecture Selection Committee included AERA Past President Deborah Loewenberg Ball (University of Michigan), AERA President Amy Stuart Wells (Teachers College, Columbia University), AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine, AERA Director of Professional Development and Diversity Officer George L. Wimberly, Tabbye Chavous (University of Michigan), Michelle Knight-Manuel (Teachers College, Columbia University), and Daniel Losen (University of California, Los Angeles). 

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