Speakers & Events for Spring 2011

All events are on Tuesdays at 4:15 pm, unless otherwise noted; the location of each event is noted below.

Jonathan Kozol Jonathan Kozol
April 26 at 7:00 pm in Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center
"Shame of the Nation: Race, Poverty, and the Struggle for Our Public Schools"

In 1967, Jonathan Kozol published Death at an Early Age, based on his first year as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. From that point to the present, Kozol has been a singular chronicler and analyst of the monstrous inequalities of K-12 education in the United States. His subsequent books include Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America (1988), Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools (1991), Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation (1995), and The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America (2005).

Jonathan Kozol's talk is co-sponsored with both the Scripps Humanities Institute and the Alexa Fullerton Hampton Speaker Series: Voice and Vision, Scripps College.
Fazal Rizvi Fazal Rizvi
April 19
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
"Reading Diversity in Transnational Settings"

Fazal Rizvi
's books include Globalizing Education Policy (2009, with Bob Lungard) and the edited volume, Youth Moves: Identities and Globalisation in a Global Context (2008). He is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at Melbourne University and the past editor of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
Carolyn Maher Carolyn Maher
April 12
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George C.S. Benson Auditorium
"Mathematics in Schools and The Demise of Reasoning: Is There an Alternative?"

Carolyn Maher is director of the Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning and the editor of the Journal of Mathematical Behavior. A professor of mathematics education at Rutgers University, Maher has co-authored numerous articles on proof-making in mathematics education and on the development of mathematical thinking in K-12 students. Her research on mathematics education is distinctive for its development of an extended longitudinal study and its use of video.
Matthew Delmont Matthew Delmont
April 5
Broad Performance Space
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"How Television Thwarted Busing for School Desegregation"

Matthew Delmont
is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Scripps College. He is the author of "The Plight of the 'Able Student': Ruth Wright Hayre and the Struggle for Equality in Philadelphia's Black High Schools, 1955-1965," in the History of Education Quarterly (2010) and "Michael Jackson & Television before Thriller," in the Journal of Pan-African Studies (2010), as well as the forthcoming book, The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand and School Segregation in Postwar Philadelphia.
Race to Nowhere
Film Screening
March 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Garrison Theater, Scripps College Peforming Arts Center
Screening of Race to Nowhere (2010), followed by a discussion with the director Vicki Abeles and panelists Gilda Ochoa and YouYoung Kang.

Pitzer CollegeGilda OchoaYouYoung Kang
Race to Nowhere has helped catalyze and shape public debate about the pressures faced by schoolchildren and their teachers in schools that send large numbers of their students to selective undergraduate institutions—the Claremont Colleges, for example. Race to Nowhere is director Vicki Abeles' first feature documentary. Using a hybrid distribution model of screening the film in theaters as well community forums, in combination with a social activist campaign, Abeles is on the cutting-edge of independent film distribution. In December, The New York Times published this article on the social impact of this film.

Gilda Ochoa is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies at Pomona College. She is the author of Becoming Neighbors in a Mexican American Community (2004) and Learning from Latino Teachers (2007).

YouYoung Kang is an Associate Professor of Music at Scripps College. Professor Kang's research and teaching focuses on race and identity in Korean and US musics, as well as on theory pedagogy. Her many publications include the Korean American section of the entry on "United States of America" in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2001).

This screening of Race to Nowhere and the panel discussion following it are co-sponsored with the Scripps College Humanities Institute.
Amy Stambach Amy Stambach
March 22
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
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"Education and Evangelism in Africa: the Entry of Religious Knowledge into Secular Habits of Mind"

Amy Stambach is the author of Faith in Schools: Religion, Education, and American Evangelicals in East Africa (2010) and Lessons from Mount Kilimanjaro: Schooling, Community and Gender in East Africa (2000). She is a member of the editorial board of both Anthropology and Education Quarterly and The British Journal of the Sociology of Education. She serves as the Director of Global Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is a professor of Educational Policy Studies and Anthropology.
Richard Kahlenberg Richard D. Kahlenberg
March 8
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
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"Should Affirmative Action Be Based on Race or Class?"

Richard D. Kahlenberg
is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. His many publications include Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy ( 2007) and The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action (1996). His articles have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the New Republic. Kahlenberg has previously served as a visiting associate professor of constitutional law at George Washington University and as a legislative assistant to Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA). He currently serves on the advisory board of the Pell Institute and is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Between college and law school, he spent a year at the University of Nairobi School of Journalism as a Rotary Scholar.

Richard Kahlenberg's talk is cosponsored with the Scripps College Humanities Institute.
Shalini Shankar Shalini Shankar
March 1
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
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"Style and Language Use among Youth of the New Immigration"

Shalini Shankar
is the author of Desi Land: Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley (2008), as well as a series of articles on consumerism, language, and identity, including "Real to Real: Desi Teens' Linguistic Engagement with Bollywood" and a forthcoming review essay on "Language and Materiality." She is an associate professor of anthropology and Asian American studies at Northwestern University.
Pedro Noguera Pedro Noguera
February 8
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
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"Creating the Schools We Need: What We Can Learn from Schools that are Succeeding in Communities Where Poverty is Concentrated and Hope is Scarce"

Pedro Noguera is one of the leading figures in the study of urban schools and achievement gaps in U.S. society. His many influential books include The Trouble With Black Boys…and Other Reflections on Race, Equity and the Future of Public Education, and Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap in Our Nation's Schools as well as City Kids, City Teachers, co-authored with Bill Ayers and Greg Michie. Dr. Noguera was a classroom teacher in public schools in Providence, RI and Oakland, CA. He is currently the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, a trustee of the State University of New York and a frequent commentator on school issues on National Public Radio and other national news outlets.
Nita KumarDiana Selig Nita Kumar and Diana Selig
February 1
Broad Performance Space
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Panel Discussion on Current Issues in Research on the History of Schooling

Nita Kumar's many books include Lessons from Schools: A is the author of History of Education in Banaras (2000) and The Politics of Gender, Community, and Modernity: Essays on Education (2007). She holds the Brown Family Chair of South Asian History at Claremont McKenna College.

Diana Selig is the author of Americans All: The Cultural Gifts Movement, a study of early efforts at multicultural education, as well as articles on the history of social science, childhood, and race in the United States. She is an associate professor of history at Claremont McKenna College.
Jonathan Zimmerman Jonathan Zimmerman
January 20
Benson Auditorium
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"The Birds, the Bees, and the World: How Sex Education Encircled the Globe"

Jonathan Zimmerman
is professor of education and history at NYU. His past books include Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century (2006), Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools (2005), and Distilling Democracy: Alcohol Education in America's Public Schools (1999). He spent two years in Nepal as a school teacher.