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Title: 2016 Race and Education Symposium
Start Time: Friday September 16, 2016 10:00 AM
End Time: Friday September 16, 2016 06:00 PM
Location: Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Contact: Jessica McCrory Calarco

Event schedule:


10:00 AM - Doug Downey: "Fifty Years Since the Coleman Report: Rethinking the Relationship between Schools and Inequality." 

     Douglas Downey is a Professor of Sociology at the Ohio State University. Dr. Downey received his PhD from Indiana University in 1992, and he is widely regarded for his expertise on educational inequalities and the role that schools play in creating and reducing disparities by race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and gender. Dr. Downey has an extensive publication record that includes numerous well-cited publications in top journals like the American Sociological ReviewSociology of Education, and Demography​. He has also won multiple awards for best article in the Sociology of Education. 


11:00 AM - Karolyn Tyson: "Is Special Education Racist?"

     Karolyn Tyson is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Sociology Department at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Tyson earned her PhD from UC Berkeley in 1999. She is a leading expert on school-based ethnographic research, and her work examines how schooling processes and student attitudes toward schooling contribute to racial inequalities.  Dr. Tyson's most recent book, Integration Interrupted: Tracking, Black Students, and Asking White After Brown (Oxford University Press)​, won the 2014 Pierre Bourdieu Award for best book in the Sociology of Education. In addition to her successful books, Dr. Tyson has also published extensively in top Sociology journals like the American Sociological ReviewSocial Forces, and Sociology of Education


Break 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - Ruth Lopez-Turley: "Connecting Research and Policy to Reduce Racial Inequality in Education." 

     Ruth Lopez-Turley is a Professor of Sociology at Rice University and the Director of the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). Dr. Lopez-Turley earned her PhD in Sociology from Harvard University in 2001. Her work uses evidence from social science research (including randomized controlled trials) to help educators and policymakers close achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Dr. Lopez-Turley has an extensive track-record of support from foundations, including the William T. Grant Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, and her publications appear in top-ranked journals in Education and Sociology, including the American Educational Research JournalTeachers College Record, the Journal of Marriage and Family, and Sociology of Education


3:00 PM - Natasha Warikoo: "The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities."

     Natasha Warikoo is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Warikoo earned her PhD in Sociology from Harvard in 2005. Her research is primarily qualitative in nature and examines the cultural processes surrounding racial and ethnic diversity in schools (particularly at the college level). Dr. Warikoo's 2011 book, Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City (University of California Press) won the best book award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Warikoo's talk is based on her forthcoming book with the University of Chicago Press. 


4:00 PM - Panel discussion


4:30 PM - Reception

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