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Feb. 11, 2004

Bucknell's "Brown at 50 Symposium" Hosts Panel on Urban School Reform

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Several Bucknell alumni working in urban school districts will participate in a panel discussion, "The Challenges of Urban School Reform," Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The discussion, which is open to the public without charge, is part of the "Brown at 50" Symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that brought major changes in national and social policy and focused the nation on the issue of racial discrimination in public education.

Panel members includes Jim Nevels, a 1974 Bucknell graduate and head of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission; the Rev. Wayne Carter, a 1979 Bucknell graduate and member of the Hartford Connecticut School Board; and Ethan Cancell, a 1987 Bucknell graduate who serves as special assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education.

The discussion will be moderated by Abra Feuerstein, associate professor, and chair of Bucknell's education department.

"Members of the panel have been deeply involved in the issue of urban school reform and will be discussing the ways in which Brown and other reform efforts have changed the character of urban school districts.

"Each panelist will present their personal view on the topic and there will be ample time for questions from the audience," Feuerstein said.

The talk is sponsored by the Bucknell education department with assistance from the following organizations: president's office, provost's office, University Lectureship Committee, history department, dean of students office, residential colleges, Central Susquehanna Valley Intermediate Unit, Race/Gender Resource Center, Bucknell Office of Alumni, Parents, and Volunteers, Bucknell Black Alumni Association, Women's Resource Center, and the Committee for Campus Diversity.


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