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Barbara Laskin

"Freedom to Learn: Dismantling the
School-to-Prison Pipeline"

The 11th Annual American Studies Conference, Feb. 25-26 at Macalester

Pedro Noguera

February 15, 2010 – St. Paul, Minn.– "Challenging Racial Inequality in Our Schools" is the topic keynote speaker Pedro Noguera will address at the Eleventh Annual American Studies Conference, 6 p.m., Thursday, February 25, in Alexander G. Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. The conference theme is "Freedom to Learn: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline." His talk is free and open to the public.

Noguera is Professor of Teaching and Learning at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. As a leading urban sociologist and an expert on school reform, diversity, and the achievement gap, he examines how schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. He is the author of several books including, The Trouble With Black Boys, and has also taught at Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.