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Thompson Lecture Series
PURPOSE | LECTURES | COMMITTEE
PURPOSE

 

The Charles H. Thompson Lecture-Colloquium was initiated in 1980 by the Editorial/Advisory Board of The Journal of Negro Education under the sponsorship of the Howard University School of Education. The Lecture-Colloquium was developed as a living memorial to Professor Thompson, founder of The Journal of Negro Education . The purpose of the lecture-colloquium is to present a leading scholar to lecture and discuss issues and problems “incident to the education of Black people.” During the first Wednesday of November, the Lecture-Colloquium is held annually and seeks to continue the systematic exploration of the wide-ranging issues and problems related to the education of African Americans and ethnic minorities, to which Dr. Thompson dedicated his laudable career.

LECTURES
  • 1980, Dr. Stephen J. Wright, The Tragic Waste of the Black Mind and Talent.

  • 1981, Dr. Allison Davis, Leadership and Aggression.

  • 1982, Dr. Bernard W. Harleston, Higher Education for Minorities: The Challenge of the 1980s.

  • 1983, Dr. Floretta McKenzie, Education, Not Excuses.

  • 1984, Dr. Edmund W. Gordon, Social Science Knowledge Production and Minority Experiences.

  • 1985, Dr. Bennetta Jules-Rosette, The Dual Vision: Insights and Applications of Cross-Cultural Research.

  • 1986, Dr. Herman R. Branson and Dr. Luther H. Foster, The Hazards in Black Higher Education.

  • 1987, Dr. Kenneth B. Clark and Mr. Roger Wilkins, The Constitution and Black Americans.

  • 1988, Dr. James P. Comer, Child Development and Education.

  • 1989, Dr. Faustine C. Jones-Wilson, Dr. Elzee C. Gladden, Dr. J. Jerome Harris, Dr. Vincent E. Reed, and Dr. Walter G. Daniel, Race, Reality, and American Education.

  • 1990, Mr. Robert K. Goodwin, Roots and Wings.

  • 1991, Dr. Lisa D. Delpit, Education in a Multicultural Society: Our Future's Greatest Challenge.

  • 1992, Dr. Donald M. Stewart, Education, Race, and Class: A New Calculus for the 21st Century (Respondents: Dr. Carol Camp Yeakey and Dr. Donald H. Smith).

  • 1993, Dr. Charles V. Willie, Black Colleges Are Not Just for Blacks Anymore.

  • 1994, Dr. Shirley A. Thornton, African Americans Moving into the 21st Century: Accepting Responsibility for Our Own Destiny.

  • 1995, Dr. James A. Banks, Multicultural Education, Transformative Knowledge, and Action.

  • 1996, Dr. David Levering Lewis, The Promise and Peril of Class in the Problem of the 20th Century.

  • 1997, Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Four Decades of Progress and Decline: An Assessment of African American Educational Attainment.

  • 1998, Dr. Manning Marable, What Black America Thinks: Affirmative Action and the Pursuit of Equality.

  • 1999, Dr. Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, The Education of Children Whose Nightmares Occur Both Day and Night.

  • 2000, Dr. Sylvia T. Johnson, Assessing the Achievement of Black Students: Should Reducing the Gap Be Our Goal?

  • 2001, Dr. Howard Fuller, The Continuing Struggle of African Americans for the Power to Make Real Educational Choices.

    Dr. Nat LaCour, The Successes of Public Schools in Educating Children - Against Vouchers. (Two lectures were presented for 2001.)

  • 2002, Dr. Mwalimu J. Shujaa, The Widening Gap between Education and Schooling in the Post 9/11 Era.

  • 2003, Dr. Beverly Lindsay, An Educational and Diplomatic Legacy Fostering Innovative Domestic and International Paradigms.

  • 2004, Dr. LaRuth Hackney Gray, No Child Left Behind: Opportunities and Threats.

  • 2005, Dr. Marian White-Hood, Schools at Work: Targeting Proficiency with Theory and Practice.

  • 2006, Dr. A. Wade Boykin, Providing a World-Class Education for Our Children and Youth: Shifting the Schooling Paradigm.

  • 2007, Dr. Pedro Antonio Noguera, The Significance of Race in the Racial Achievement Gap.

  • 2008, Dr. Carol D. Lee, From Du Bois to Obama: The Education of African Americans in a Changing World.

  • 2009, Dr. Margaret Beale Spencer, Truths and Facts about Urban Youths’ Achievement Patterns.

  • 2010, Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future.

  • 2011, Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, The Declining Significance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Relevance, Reputation, and Respect in Obamamerica.

  • 2012, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, “Stakes Is High,” Educating New Century Students.

  • 2013, Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson, Elements of a 21st Century Movement for Excellence with Equity.

  • 2014, Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, School “Outer-gration” and “Tokenism”: Segregated Black Educators Critique the Promise of Education Reform in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

  • 2015, Dr. Tyrone C. Howard, “Why Black Lives Matter”: Race, Gender, and Freedom Schools in the Quest For Educational Equity.

  • 2016, Dr. Joyce E. King, Education Research in the Black Liberation Tradition: Return What You Learn to the People.

  • 2017, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, Broadening Participation in American Higher Education -- A Special Focus on the Underrepresentation of African Americans in STEM Disciplines.

  • 2018, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Decriminalizing the Imagination: Schooling Toward A World Without Prisons.

Lecture-Colloquium Committee

Dr. Cristobal Rodriguez
Chair

Members

Dr. Kenneth Anderson

Dr. Wilfred A. Johnson

Dr. Wilma Bonner

Dr. Deena Khalil

Dr. A. Wade Boykin

Dr. Kyndra Middleton

Dr. Gizelle V. Carr

Dr. Rc Saravanabhavan*

Dr. Lisa Grillo

Dr. Aaron Stills*

Dr. Lois Harrison-Jones

Dr. Veronica Thomas

Dr. Gerunda B. Hughes*

Dr. Ivory A. Toldson

Dr. Dawn Williams**, Dean, School of Education

 

*Professor emeritus

**Ex-officio member