Marta Tienda, Leading Scholar on Immigration, Poverty, and Education, to Give 13th Annual <em>Brown</em> Lecture
Marta Tienda, Leading Scholar on Immigration, Poverty, and Education, to Give 13th Annual Brown Lecture

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Marta Tienda, Leading Scholar on Immigration, Poverty, and Education, to Give 13th Annual Brown Lecture
Princeton Professor to Ask Whether There Should Be a Statutory Guarantee of Equal Access to Quality Education

The 13th Annual Brown Lecture in Education Research, held by the American Educational Research Association. The title of this year’s lecture is “Public Education and the Social Contract: Restoring the Promise in an Age of Diversity and Division.”

In her talk, Princeton University Professor Marta Tienda will ask whether it is possible to rewrite the social contract so that equal access to quality education is a fundamental right—a statutory guarantee—that is both uniform across states and federally enforceable. Her lecture will build on the premise that closing achievement gaps is an economic imperative, both to regain international educational supremacy and to maintain global economic competitiveness.

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 distinguished scholar notable for producing significant research related to equality in education is invited to give this public lecture in Washington, D.C.

Marta Tienda is a leading scholar on immigration, population diversification, and poverty and the roles they play in access to education. She 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 at Princeton University.

Tienda has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific papers and chapters about U.S. racial and ethnic inequality, international migration, variations in family structure and reproductive behavior, and access to higher education. Her current research focuses on the life cycle timing of migration and the implications of adolescent romantic relationships for emotional and physical well-being. Read more

Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 6 p.m. ET
Reception to follow

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

(Federal Building: photo ID required to enter)


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