Pennsylvania State University, Nittany Lion Inn, University Park, PA, 16802


Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

May 2019 marks the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. To commemorate this milestone, the Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR) and the Africana Research Center (ARC) hosted a national symposium of education, law, and policy scholars and practitioners at the Pennsylvania State University. Speakers discussed Brown’s promise of racial integration amidst major contemporary threats to civil rights in education. We explored these issues in panels on:

  • Policies and Practices Perpetuating Racial Inequality

  • The Role of the State Today

  • Growing Critically Conscious Teachers

Panel speakers included:

  • Ansley Erickson, Associate Professor of History and Education at Columbia University
  • Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Assistant Professor of Educational Research at Western Carolina University
  • Derek Black, Professor of Law at University of South Carolina
  • Elizabeth DeBray, Professor of Educational Administration and Policy at University of Georgia
  • Gary S. Stein, Special Counsel, Pashman Stein Walder Hayden
  • Janelle Scott, Robert C. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Distinguished Chair in Educational Disparities at University of California, Berkeley
  • Preston Green III, Professor of Educational Leadership and Law at University of Connecticut
  • Tiffany Pogue, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Albany State University.
  • Valerie Kinloch, Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education at University of Pittsburgh


New York Times journalist and MacArthur Grant recipient Nikole Hannah-Jones was the keynote speaker at the symposium's luncheon.  

Sponsors: The Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, the  College of Education's Office of Multicultural Programs, the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, The Richards Civil War Era Center, the School of Public PolicyDepartment of History, the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, and Penn State Law