AERA to Hold Online Gathering and Presidential Presentation at 3 pm EDT, April 19
AERA to Hold Online Gathering and Presidential Presentation at 3 pm EDT, April 19

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2020

Tony Pals,
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Tong Wu,
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AERA to Hold Online Gathering and Presidential Presentation at 3 pm EDT, April 19
Speakers Include AERA’s Executive Director, President, and President-elect


The American Educational Research Association will hold an online “Worldwide Gathering for Reflection, Presentation, and Rededication” at 3:00–4:00 pm EDT Sunday, April 19. In the midst of the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Zoom-based event comes a month after the cancellation of the association’s 2020 Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for April 17-21 in San Francisco. 

This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance to receive the link to the event. A video recording of the event will be made available afterward. 

You can engage with the conversation on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by using the event hashtag #AERAPresPresentation. 


The schedule of speakers includes AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine, AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker (Emory University), and AERA President-elect Shaun R. Harper (University of Southern California).

This AERA gathering will begin with opening reflections by Levine, who will briefly reach out to the education research community worldwide during this uncertain time.

Following Levine’s remarks, Walker will give her presidential presentation, “Once Upon a Time in a World Left Behind: A Historical Script of Power and Possibilities.” Walker will examine lessons learned from the past struggles of educators and policy leaders and how they can inform responses to the adversities we face today.

After her talk, Walker will pass the virtual gavel to Harper, who will assume his one-year term as the association’s president. Reaffirming the association’s continued engagement in the challenging transitions ahead, Harper will provide brief concluding remarks.


April 19, 2020, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT. 


The event will be held on Zoom. Register here


About AERA
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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.