Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Dear Colleagues:  Dr. Arnetha Ball has asked me to distribute information about this important pre-coference event (also see attachment):

A group of AERA members have worked to organize a Pre-Conference Workshop for the AERA 2013 Annual Meeting to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. A description of the Pre-Conference Program can be found on the AERA website at:

This AERA pre-conference 1-day event is entitled “The Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation: The Long Struggle For Freedom and Education.”  This pre-conference is scheduled for Friday, 26 April from 9:15 am until 4:50 pm, with a reception scheduled for 5:00 pm until 6:00pm. The pre-conference will take place in the Continental 5 & 6 Rooms on the Ballroom Level of the Hilton Union Square Hotel in San Francisco.

Here is a brief description of the 1-day pre-conference event:
Distinguished scholars and long-time members of AERA who have relevant subject matter expertise are planning a pre-conference workshop.  The overall aim of this pre-conference is to provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation and examine (1) the challenges and prospects of African American education since the Age of Emancipation, (2) the state of educational research related to this important event and (3) implications for future research focused on expanding opportunities and improving educational outcomes for African American children.

The target audience includes graduate students, emerging scholars and seasoned scholars who are interested in the conceptualization and organization of scholarship related to the Emancipation Proclamation and implications for educational research. Participants will explore the historical and contemporary, national and international issues located at the nexus of freedom, equality, and educational research across different disciplines that apply inter-disciplinary perspectives and diverse analytical methods.

Registration for the event is part of the AERA Annual Meeting
registration. When registering for the annual meeting and workshops, attendees can select to also register for this pre-conference event.  They can also go back and add this event to their schedules after they have registered for the AERA Annual Meeting.

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