‘Powerful voice for equality’ addresses segregation issues today at noon

Published: October 21st, 2013

Category: Feature

31a83a92f8ee60695651df2c22e76535_1MBy Matt Walker

While many politicians hail education as a key civil rights issue in the 21st century when talking about policy change and reform, a holdover from previous years remains largely unresolved – school segregation.

Pedro Noguera, a sociology professor from NYU, will explore this often overlooked issue in the Center on Children and Families’ eighth annual Distinguished Weyrauch Lecture at UF Law, today at noon in HOL 180, with a reception to follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In Noguera’s lecture, “Education and Civil Rights in the 21st Century,” he will analyze the current reform agenda being promoted by states, the federal government and various advocacy groups. Noguera will also address why racial segregation and social inequality issues are no longer considered central to school change initiatives and the implications raised when those issues are ignored, and will consider the possibilities for change that exist in the current period given the constraints confronting public schools.

“Pedro Noguera is one of the most important voices on one of the key civil rights issues of our time – education,” said Center on Children and Families Co-Director Shani King. “He is a real world intellectual who is an expert in school reform, the achievement gap and racial equality. He’s a dynamic, powerful speaker whose writings and speeches are as intellectually rigorous as they are wonderfully accessible.”

Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts. He has published more than 150 research articles, monographs and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, the role of education in community development, youth violence, and race and ethnic relations in American society. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and other national news outlets.

He is equal part intellectual and activist, and continues to be a powerful voice for equality, said Center on Children and Families Director Nancy Dowd.

“We are truly lucky to have the opportunity to have this brilliant scholar in our midst,” she said.

The Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law was established in honor of Professor Walter O. Weyrauch, internationally known for his work in foreign and family law. Weyrauch joined the UF Law faculty in 1957 as associate professor. He became professor in 1960, was Clarence J. TeSelle Professor 1989-1994, and became Stephen C. O’Connell Chair in 1994 and distinguished professor in 1998. A reception will follow the lecture.