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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.



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


Spring 2019

Dr. Jarvis Givens from Harvard University

This talk analyzed the relationship between Dr. Woodson and African American teachers, revealing how these educators modeled what it means to be within, yet against, an oppressive school structure. The story reminds us that there were secret things teachers did, beyond the watchful eye of Jim Crow school authorities. Thus, how do we contend with the practices African American teachers intentionally kept off the record? To this end, the case of Carter G. Woodson raises critical methodological questions about studying the history of African American schooling and the precarious nature of archival sources for thinking about the interiority of black educational life.

Co-Sponsors: Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Africana and Latin American Studies Program, Department of History, Picker Art Gallery, Sylvia Ellins Fund.

Race and Education Lecture poster 2019

Previous Lecturers

Spring 2018

Visual artist Julio Salgado,is a queer artist of color whose work explores themes of immigration and queerness. As an undocumented and queer artist living in times of crisis, he uses his art to deal with anti-immigrant narratives.

His lecture was a journey that took a look behind the pieces he has created in the past decade. Who better to speak on the art than the artist himself? Included in his visit was an art workshop.

Co-Sponsor: Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Dr. 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.