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Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture: Fixing Lawrence’s Achievement Gap

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Tuesday, February 28th 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Library Auditorium Adult, Teens, Senior
Diverse Dialogues on Race and Culture: Fixing Lawrence's Achievement Gap

How can we ensure that all students get a fair shot at a good education? We’ll discuss the issues contributing to Lawrence’s achievement gap, and how we can serve all of our students better as a community.


John Rury Ph.D., is a historian of American education and also conducts research in education policy studies, especially regarding metropolitan schools. He is particularly concerned with inequality in education, past and present. He presently serves on the executive committee of the Kansas City Area Educational Research Consortium (KCAERC), and as co-director of the Urban Experience Seminar at KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities.

Subini Annamma Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on increasing access to equitable education for historically marginalized students and communities, particularly students with disabilities. Dr. Annamma is the first author on Dis/ability Critical Race Studies (DisCrit): Theorizing at the intersections of race and dis/ability, which was published in Race, Ethnicity and Education in 2013 and is included in the 2nd edition of Foundations of Critical Race Theory in Education.

Willie Amison is a graduate of the University of Kansas with bachelor’s, master’s and Ed.D. in education. He has had long career in the Lawrence Public Schools as a teacher and administrator. Amison co-founded the Can We Talk mentoring initiative in the Lawrence Public School and he currently serves as an academic adviser within the University of Kansas TRIO/Educational Opportunity Center.

In partnership with the Langston Hughes Center, the City of Lawrence, and the Department of African and African-American Studies.


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