Luther College hosts Black History Month Distinguished Lecture by Gloria Ladson-Billings

In recognition of Black History Month, Luther College will host “The Politics of Critical Race Theory,” a lecture by Gloria Ladson-Billings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 via Zoom.

Ladson-Billings is known for her work in culturally relevant teaching and equity-focused instruction. She has done extensive research on the application of critical race theory in education. Her critically acclaimed book “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children,” tells the stories, strategies and experiences of eight teachers who are successful in educating young African Americans and helping them realize their dreams. It is widely known and utilized in the education field.

During the 2005 American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting, Ladson-Billings delivered her presidential address, "From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt: Understanding Achievement in U.S. Schools" in which she highlighted the combination of historical, moral, socio-political and economic factors that have disproportionately affected African-American, Latino, Asian and other non-white students.

"Given the national strife over the role of race in the curriculum of our educational systems, I can think of nothing more valuable than the insights of a scholar like Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, whose research on race and education has made essential contributions to the field of critical race theory," said Novian Whitsitt, professor of Africana studies and English.

Critical race theory scholars attempt to understand and transform the relationship between race, racism, and power. In her talk, Ladson-Billings will discuss how critical race theory applies to the political landscape, culture wars and how it impacts perception of educational opportunities.

Ladson-Billings is the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she also served as the assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs.

Sponsored by Luther’s new Identity Studies program, the link to the virtual event can be found at luther.edu/events. It is open to the public at no cost.

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