The Duquesne University School of Education and the Barbara A. Sizemore Urban Education Initiative will host the Inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Summer Conference, Reconceptualizing Urban Education: In Search of a New Paradigm from July 21-22.
Three keynote speakers will speak at the two-day conference:
- Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and founder and director emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing
- Dr. Terrie Epstein, coordinator of the Adolescent Social Studies Education Program at Hunter College in New York City (CUNY) and an affiliate member of the CUNY Center’s Ph.D. Program in Urban Education
- Dr. Carol Lee, professor at Northwestern University, past president of The American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education.
The conference is designed to highlight issues related to improving education for all students and particularly the education of students in urban schools.
“Urban education is in trouble, and we need to be part of the solution,” said Dr. Arnetha F. Ball, Duquesne’s Inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Distinguished Professor in Urban Education and director of the Urban Initiative in the School of Education. “The more informed we are about issues in urban education, the larger role we can play in improving education for all students. This is just the beginning of our commitment to serving the poor and disenfranchised in the Spiritan tradition.”
Expected to draw more than 100 people from campus and the surrounding communities, the conference will showcase the inaugural Sizemore Fellows and their research, along with a poster session by School of Education undergraduate and graduate students, and the awarding of the inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Spirit Award.