School segregation still a key education issue, according to Weyrauch lecturer

Published: October 7th, 2013

Category: News

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 New York University, will explore this often-overlooked issue in the Center on Children and Families’ eighth annual Distinguished Weyrauch Lecture at UF Law on Oct. 21 in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, 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 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. He will also consider the possibilities for change that exist in the current period given the constraints confronting public schools.

Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at NYU. He is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways 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.

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.