Alfredo J. Artiles, Distinguished Scholar on Disabilities, Equity, and Education, to Deliver 14th Annual Brown Lecture

For Immediate Release
October 11, 2017

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Alfredo J. Artiles, Distinguished Scholar on Disabilities, Equity, and Education, to Deliver 14th Annual Brown Lecture
ASU Professor to Address Equity Problems Linked to Disparities in Disability Identification 

The 14th Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research, held by the American Educational Research Association. The title of this year’s lecture is “Re-envisioning Equity Research: Disability Identification Disparities as a Case in Point.”

In his talk, Alfredo J. Artiles, a professor of special education and dean of graduate education at Arizona State University, will discuss longstanding challenges associated with conducting and using research in addressing complex equity problems. Dr. Artiles will examine these issues in the context of research on disability disparities that are historically linked to demographic markers such as race, social class, and gender. This is an equity problem since disability identification is associated with academic achievement gaps, increased school dropouts, differential job market opportunities, and reduced civic engagement. Dr. Artiles will critique traditional studies on disability disparities and outline guidelines for the next generation of equity research.

The Brown Lecture illuminates the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education. The Brown Lecture 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 leading scholar notable for producing significant research related to equality in education is invited to give this public lecture in Washington, D.C.

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Artiles is the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education and Dean of the Graduate College at Arizona State University (ASU), and directs the Equity Alliance at ASU. His scholarship aims to understand how disability intersections with race, language, gender, and social class both enhance and perpetuate the classification of educational opportunities. In 2011, Dr. Artiles was appointed by President Obama to the White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He is an AERA Fellow and has received numerous AERA honors, including the 2012 Palmer O. Johnson Award and the 2017 Review of Research Award.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

6:00 p.m. ET
Reception to follow

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Amphitheater, Concourse Level
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a federal building and requires a photo ID to enter.


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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 Facebook and Twitter.