AERA Selects James D. Anderson to Deliver 2014 Brown Lecture
AERA Selects James D. Anderson to Deliver 2014 Brown Lecture

For Immediate Release
April 7, 2014

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AERA Selects James D. Anderson to Deliver 2014 Brown Lecture

PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 7, 2014 ─ James D. Anderson, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a noted expert on American education history and desegregation, has been selected by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), to present the 2014 Brown Lecture in Education Research. The announcement was made at the Association’s 95th Annual Meeting, currently taking place in Philadelphia. 

“This announcement comes as Dr. Anderson is participating in two Annual Meeting sessions marking the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. Anderson was a participant in the panel “Brown v. Board of Education at 60: What Happened?,” which examined the various interpretations and implementations of the Brown decision. He also presented at a symposium titled “60th Since Brown…50th Since the Civil Rights Act,” which looked back, and ahead, at what progress is observable and what continues to create barriers for equal opportunity and progress. 

Anderson’s scholarship focuses broadly on the history of U.S. education, with specializations in the history of African American education in the South, the history of higher education desegregation, the history of public school desegregation, and the history of African American school achievement in the 20th century. His book, The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935, won the American Educational Research Association outstanding book award in 1990. Anderson is senior editor of History of Education Quarterly.

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Anderson is the Edward William and Jane Marr Gutsgell Professor of Education; the head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership; the Executive Associate Dean for the College of Education; and affiliate Professor of History.
He has served as an expert witness in a series of federal desegregation and affirmative action cases, including Jenkins v. Missouri, Knight v. Alabama, Ayers v. Mississippi, Gratz v. Bollinger, and Grutter v. Bollinger. 

The  Brown Lecture ─ now in its 11th 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. The public lecture will take place on October 23 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. 

The Brown Lecture Selection Committee included AERA President Barbara Schneider, Michigan State University; President-Elect Joyce King, Georgia State University; AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine; AERA Director of Social Justice and Professional Development George L. Wimberly; Social Justice Action Committee (SJAC) Chair Estela Bensimon, University of Southern California; and two additional SJAC members, Thandeka Chapman, University of California – San Diego; and Django Paris, Michigan State University. 

“The Brown Lecture in Education Research is an annual reminder of the important role of research in advancing understanding of equality and equity in education,” said Levine. 

About AERA

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. 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.


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