Feb. 23, 1996
Harvard Educator is Visiting Professor
Harvard University education and social policy Professor Gary Orfield will be this year's Visiting Professor at UW-River Falls.
Orfield, who is a nationally recognized specialist in access to education, will present two lectures that are free and open to the public.
On March 6 he will lecture on "Race, Education and the Pursuit of Happiness: Can the Public Schools Make a Difference," from 7-8 p.m. in Room 138 of Rodli Commons.
On March 7 he will lecture at 3 p.m. on "Race, Schools and Equality," in the Presidents Room of the Hagestad Student Center.
Orfield joined the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Kennedy School of Government in 1991, previously teaching at the University of Chicago.
He served on the staff of the Brookings Institution in Washington, and was Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. He is widely recognized, including awards of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, the Danforth Fellowship, and the Brookings Institutional Research Fellowship.
He has worked with numerous federal, state and local agencies and organizations including the Justice Department, Housing and Urban Development, the National Institute of Education, the Education Commission of the State, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the City of Chicago, and the Minnesota State Board of Education.
Orfield has testified in many congressional and legislative hearings, including four U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings. He has been a witness in 21 civil rights courts cases on school and housing discrimination, higher education, and on testing issues.
Presently, he is the court-appointed special master for the San Francisco school desegregation case, in which virtually all the issues have been negotiated out of court during the past decade, and where a sweeping new approach to school change has been pioneered, including reconstitution of entire school staffs.
Orfield was co-researcher on the extensive Indiana Youth Opportunity Study's "High Hopes, Long Odds" research project that surveyed students, parents and counselors to explore why most students completed high school without preparation for college and work, and followed college students for two years.
He also led the 1993 study, "The Growth of Segregation in American Schools," which reported a movement toward increased segregation of African-American students following the landmark Brown decision that desegregated schools.
Orfield also is involved in studies on educational and employment opportunities for African-American, whites and Hispanics in five metropolitan areas, including Atlanta and Chicago.
He has written numerous publications, and is the author of several books on education access: "The Closing Door: Conservative Policy and Black Opportunity," "Congressional Power: Congress and Social Change, and Must We Bus?"; and "Segregated Schools and National Policy."
For more information, contact Professor Davida Alperin at 715/425-3318.