Marta Tienda to Give <em>Brown</em> Lecture October 20 in D.C.—Register Now
Marta Tienda to Give Brown Lecture October 20 in D.C.—Register Now

September 2016

At AERA’s 2016 Brown Lecture in Education Research on October 20, Princeton University Professor Marta Tienda will ask whether it is possible to rewrite the social contract so that education is a fundamental right—a statutory guarantee—that is both uniform across states and federally enforceable. Tienda is a leading scholar on immigration, population diversification, and poverty and the roles they play in access to education.

This year’s lecture, titled “Public Education and the Social Contract: Restoring the Promise in an Age of Diversity and Division,” will take place on October 20 at 6:00 p.m. ET at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

The lecture is open to the public and will be live-streamed online. To RSVP for in-person attendance, click here. Live-stream registration will be opening soon.

Tienda’s address will note that the social contract guaranteeing equal access to quality education resides neither in the U.S. Constitution, which laid the foundation for educational inequality by delegating the responsibility for public education to the states, nor in the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, which has been used to uphold wealth-based disparities in public education financing. Building on the premise that closing achievement gaps is an economic imperative both to regain international educational supremacy and to maintain global economic competitiveness, Tienda will pose an alternative approach.

At Princeton University, Tienda is the Maurice P. During '22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with joint affiliations in the Office of Population Research and the Woodrow Wilson School. From 1998 to 2002, she served as director of the Office of Population Research and in 2002 served as President of the Population Association of America. She previously held appointments at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. View Tienda’s full bio and Brown Lecture abstract here.

The Brown Lecture—now in its 13th 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 President Vivian L. Gadsden, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education; AERA past-President Jeannie Oakes, University of California, Los Angeles; AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine; AERA Director of Professional Development and Diversity Officer George L. Wimberly; Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC) Chair  Kofi Lomotey, Western Carolina University; and two additional SJAC members, Lisa Bass, North Carolina State University, and Denice Ward Hood, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

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