Event Details

February 27: Healing our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Report • The George Washington University, Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom • 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

February 28: Education and the Path to One Nation, Indivisible • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Root Room • 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Cosponsored by the Learning Policy Institute, the Eisenhower Foundation, and the Economic Policy Institute

Fifty years ago this March, the Kerner Commission, appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, issued a seminal report on racial division and disparities in the United States. The report was produced in response to civil unrest that raged across the country. In the 1968 report, the commission concluded that, “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.” Today, many of the same issues plague the country, and concerns over civil rights, racial division, and racial disparities are, in many ways, more pressing than ever.

On February 27 and 28, the findings from the 50-year update to the commission report will be released at two Washington, D.C., events. The report, Healing Our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty Years After the Kerner Report, examines what has happened over the last half-century in our schools, our neighborhoods, our prisons, and our nation, and what work remains to be done to heal our divided society.

We invite you to attend these two special events to examine social justice and equality with some of our nation’s leading policymakers, journalists, researchers, civil rights activists, and educators. Join us Tuesday, February 27, for a day-long forum on the status of civil rights today, and on Wednesday, February 28, for a half-day forum that takes a deep dive into civil rights in education.

Date: February 27, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
The George Washington University, Marvin Center
Continental Ballroom
800 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Root Room
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Confirmed Speakers, February 27

  • Aimee Allison, President, Democracy in Color

  • Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, President and Senior Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach

  • Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • Alan Curtis, President and CEO, The Eisenhower Foundation

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University; President, Learning Policy Institute

  • E.J. Dionne, Columnist, The Washington Post; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute

  • Jeff Faux, Founding President and Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute

  • Michael Feuer, Professor of Education Policy, George Washington University and Dean, Graduate School of Education and Human Development

  • Senator Fred Harris, Member, 1968 Kerner Commission; former U.S. Senator, Oklahoma

  • John H. Jackson, President and CEO, Schott Foundation for Public Education

  • Tchanori Kone, Student, Houston Independent School District; Winner, 2018 Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition

  • Michael Jeffries, Associate Professor of American Studies, Wellesley College

  • Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners

  • Catherine Lhamon, Chair, United States Commission on Civil Rights

  • Marc Mauer, Executive Director, the Sentencing Project

  • Diane Ravitch, Professor, New York University; Founder and President, Network for Public Education

  • Laurie Robinson, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University

  • Representative Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, 3rd District, Virginia

  • Herbert Smitherman, Vice Dean of Diversity and Community Affairs and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Wayne University; President and CEO of Health Centers Detroit Foundation

  • Joseph Stiglitz, Professor, Columbia University

  • Dorothy Stoneman, Founder, Youth Build

  • Julian Zelizer, Professor, Princeton University; CNN Political Analyst

Confirmed Speakers, February 28

  • Zakiyah Ansari, Advocacy Director, Alliance for Quality Education

  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University; President, Learning Policy Institute

  • Patricia Gándara, Professor, University of California, Los Angeles; Co-Director, Civil Rights Project

  • Ebony Green, Executive Director of Equity and Access, Newburgh Enlarged City School District

  • Anne Holton, Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Education, George Mason University; former Virginia Secretary of Education

  • John B. King Jr., Chief Executive Officer, The Education Trust; former U.S. Secretary of Education

  • Kent McGuire, Program Director of Education, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; former President and CEO, Southern Education Foundation

  • Gary Orfield, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles; Co-Director, Civil Rights Project

  • Roberto Rodríguez, President and CEO, Teach Plus; former Domestic Council Policy Advisor to President Obama

  • Claudio Sanchez, Reporter, National Public Radio (NPR)

  • Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress and Action Fund

Registration is required. Please register by Friday, February 23, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

  • When: Tue Feb. 27 - 8:30 am
    Wed Feb. 28 11:45 am

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