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Civil Rights in Education & the Brown v. Board of Ed Legacy.

Start/End Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:10 PM EDT -- 01:10 PM EDT
Location Name JG 102A

Join the Black Law Students Association and the Education Law & Policy for a panel discussion commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision and examining the state of civil rights in education. See below for panelists and their topics of discussion.

Non-pizza lunch will be served. If you have any questions contact Nicole Tortoriello,


  • Ansley T. Erickson, Assistant Professor of History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University – Professor Erickson will speak about her research on segregation and desegregation in the American metropolis. She will discuss how new historical understandings of segregation may inform current advocacy, and how new scholarship on the experience of desegregation offers important cautions for contemporary education discourse. Professor Erickson taught high school in New York City before receiving her PhD in U.S. History at Columbia. Her manuscript in progress, Schooling the Metropolis: Educational Inequality Made and Remade in Nashville, Tennessee, is under contract at the University of Chicago Press.
  • Richard Gray, Director of Community Organizing and Engagement, Annenberg Institute for School Reform – Mr. Gray works with community groups organizing around and engaging in school reform across the country. He will discuss the current state of civil rights in public education in NYC and nationally. His previous work includes Director of National Technical Assistance at the Community Involvement Program at NYU’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, and Co-Director of the National Coalition of Advocates for Students.
  • Professor James S. Liebman, Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Law, Columbia Law School.  Professor Liebman's remarks on “Reclaiming – and Rethinking – Integration” will consider the importance of integrating institutional reform with a traditional focus on civil rights in order to improve the academic outcomes of students of color and low-income students. Professor Liebman directs Columbia's Center for Public Research and Leadership, leads a multidisciplinary course on “Public Sector Structural Reform in K-12 Education,” and served as Chief Accountability Officer for the NYC Dept. of Education from 2006-2009. He has written extensively on school desegregation and school reform.
  • Monique Lin-Luse, Special Counsel, Education Group, NAACP Legal Defense Fund – Ms. Lin-Luse uses legal, policy and legislative advocacy to ensure access to equal educational opportunities at the pre-K through higher education levels.  She is also a former NYC public school teacher. Ms. Lin-Luse will discuss the impact of Brown on education and beyond.  She will also discuss current education access issues including the NYC Specialized High Schools admissions policy and the School to Prison Pipeline from a national perspective.