History and Education hosts Educating Harlem working conference

| October 24, 2013

On October 10 and 11th, scholars from across the country came to Teachers College to share their new research on the history of education in 20th century Harlem. Sponsored by the Program in History and Education, the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, and the Center on History and Education, Educating Harlems first collaborative working conference gave participating scholars the opportunity to hear comments, questions, and suggestions on their work from one another and from other senior scholars working in the field.  Educating Harlem co-directors Prof. Ansley Erickson (History and Education) and Prof. Ernest Morrell (English Education and IUME) see the conference as a crucial first step in building a scholarly community that links graduate students, junior faculty, and senior faculty, and creates a research-focused network across universities nationally and between schools at Columbia, including the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Barnard College.

Educating Harlem’s participants were:

After the working conference, participating scholars will continue to refine their research, and Professors Erickson and Morrell hope that most or all of the papers will be included in a published volume or special journal issue. To facilitate collaboration beyond the working conference, scholars have access to a Digital Discussion site (powered by Comment Press, a tool created by the Institute for the Future of the Book), to share ideas and critiques of work in progress. Completed papers will be presented at a research conference in October, 2014.

In addition to the focused working conference, Educating Harlem also hosted a major public lecture during the conference. Charles M. Payne delivered the Inaugural Edmund Gordon Address at Teachers College on October 10, 2013. The address entitled, “Whatever Happened to the Negro Question? Educational Discourse and the Lost Question of Race”, drew a standing-room-only audience of nearly 200 to Milbank Chapel and helped illustrate how historical understanding is crucial for thinking about contemporary school improvement. In his address, Dr. Payne presented a broad critique of the educational community’s modern perceptions and attitudes towards school achievement, poverty, and race. The full lecture can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/y54jh35z7CU

For more about Educating Harlem and its upcoming lecture series, please click here: https://researchblogs.cul.columbia.edu/educatingharlem/

Additional pictures from the Inaugural Edmund Gordon Address:

(top row) Professor Charles Payne and Professor Ernest Morrell (bottom row) Professor Edmund Gordon and his wife Dr. Susan Gordon

(left to right) Professor Ansley Erickson, Professor Charles Payne, and Teachers College President Susan Fuhrman