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Ladson-Billings taking part in 'Why are you brown?' conversation Nov. 3

October 28, 2015

UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings will take part in an upcoming panel discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at the Madison Public Library.

The workshop is titled, “Why are you brown? Conversations with young children about race and privilege.” It will review the current research on children’s understanding of race and how parents can best address racism and racial inequities with their children.   

Gloria Ladson-Billings
Other panelists include: Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham, Nar Doumbya and Eva Schulte from Groundwork and Families for Justice.

The panel begins at 6:30 p.m. at Madison’s Central Library in the Central Community Room on the third floor. To register for the event, click here. 

Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and a professor with the departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She is an award-winning scholar and former president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) whose work centers on examining the practices of teachers who are successful with African American students.

Ladson-Billings is perhaps best known for her book, “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children,” which was first published in 1994 and continues to be used in teacher education programs around the country. In that work she advocated for what she calls “culturally relevant teaching.”