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Equity & Difference

Doing race better: Race and the reform of urban schools

Tues. Feb. 23 2016      7:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 120, UW Campus

Charles M. Payne 

Professor, school of social service administration, The University of Chicago

This event is sold out. Wait list attendees will be accommodated on a space-available basis.

An increasingly common topic in our cultural conversation, issues of race are largely ignored as a consideration in the policies that shape urban schools and school systems. Professor Payne explores how taking race more fully into account may allow us to shape more powerful educational practices and adequately address social inequity.

prof Charles Payne's class on race at University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Charles M. Payne is the Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he is also an affiliate of the Urban Education Institute. His interests include urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change and modern African American history. His books include So Much Reform, So Little Change (Harvard Education Publishing Group), which is concerned with what we have learned about the persistence of failure in urban districts, and Teach Freedom: The African American Tradition of Education for Liberation (Teachers College Press).

His current book project is entitled Schooling the Ghetto: Fifty Years of “Reforming” Urban Schools. Payne is among the founders of the Education for Liberation Network, which drives the development of educational initiatives that encourage young people to think critically about social issues and understand their own capacity for addressing them. Payne has taught at Southern University, Williams College, Northwestern University and Duke University. He has won several teaching awards. Payne holds a bachelor’s degree in Afro-American studies from Syracuse University and a doctorate in sociology from Northwestern.


Brought to you by the UW Graduate School and the UWAA, Equity & Difference is series of talks that expose and explain transgressions and struggles—both systematic and personal—experienced by too many in our communities today, featuring thought leaders from our campus and around the world who are working to open our eyes to the consequences of prejudice, and seeking solutions for change.

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