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Annual Race and Education Lecture

Our annual Race and Education Lecture Series considers the connections between race and educational processes and institutions from contemporary and historical perspectives.

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The series engages and assists our Colgate community in understanding the importance of racial and ethnic diversity in educational curriculum, pedagogy, programs, and policies.


By bringing our community together to critically discuss the issues of race and racism and the impact these issues have upon the educational system and our broader society, the lecture series seeks to foster cross-racial interaction, acceptance, and understanding throughout the community.

Past Lecturers

Kumashiro PosterDr. Kevin Kumashiro

Dean, School of Education, University of San Francisco, "Bad Teacher!  How Blaming Teachers Distorts the Bigger Picture," 2013
Dr. Richard Atleo/Umeek
Hereditary Chief of the Nuu-chah-nulth, British Columbia, "An Indigenous Perspective on Race and Education," 2011
Dr. Patricia A. Graham
Charles Warren Professor of the History of American Education, Emerita, Harvard Graduate School of Education, "Grasping the Past to Inform the Present," 2010.
Dr. Celia Oyler
Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University, "Special Education and White Supremacy: Unraveling the Know of Segregation," 2009
Vijay Prashad
Director of International Studies, Trinity College, “The Opening of the American Mind,” Spring 2008.
Sonia Nieto
Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Preparing Teachers for the Public Good: Democracy, Education and Diversity,” Spring 2006.
Lisa Delpit
Executive Director Center for Urban Education and Innovation, Florida International University, “Bridge Building 101” Fall 2006.
Geneva Gay
Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, “Culturally Responsive Pedagogy,” Spring 2005.
Eddie Moore, Jr.
Director of Diversity, Bush School, Seattle, “21st Century America: Are We ready for Conversations about White Privilege?” Spring 2004.
Ronald Takaki
Professor, University of California, Berkeley, “Why Multiculturalism Matters in America,” Spring 2003.
Janie Victoria Ward
Associate Professor, Simmons College, “The Skin We’re In: Talking about Race with African American Adolescents in the Post-Civil Rights Era,” Fall 2001.


For more information contact Professor John D. Palmer.