November
18

November 18

How Critical Is Race Theory?

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Andrew Sullivan, Randi Weingarten,
Leslie Callahan, Bion Bartning

The Four Questions Series:
Question Four

Mention race these days and discussions turn tense. Add in schools and children, and dialogue devolves into serious mudslinging matches fed by swirling rumors, misunderstanding and the machinations of politicians and activists on all sides.

That sums up the dismal state of today’s discourse around critical race theory in schools, a topic that everyone seems to have an opinion about but few seem to understand.

Are its proponents trying to make white children feel guilty about their skin color? Are they America-bashing?

Can we teach American history without talking about racism?

Will teaching that America is racist make it less racist?

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center welcomes five panelists who have agreed to take on the perhaps unenviable task of sorting through the hysteria and helping us speak civilly about how to cope with America’s history of racial injustice.

The former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings is also the past president of the American Educational Research Association. A scholar of the strategies of teachers successful with African American students and of the application of critical race theory to education, she is the author of two highly acclaimed books on those topics.

Thursday, November 18 | 
7:30 pm Eastern
$45, $36 Temple Emanu-El members
$45, $36 Temple Emanu-El members

In-Person &. Virtual Event

 

If this event cannot take place in person (due to Covid-19 restrictions) it will be rescheduled for a date in 2022.

Randi Weingarten is a labor leader, lawyer, educator and former president of the United Federation of Teachers. She is currently president of the American Federation of Teachers and a member of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Andrew Sullivan is a former editor of The New Republic, author or editor of six books and a popular political commentator/blogger. He launched his political blog, The Daily Dish, in 2002 and it now is a Substack.com column.

A strong advocate for the inclusion of critical race theory precepts in schools, Dr. Leslie Callahan is the pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, a former faculty member at New York Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania and a current commissioner of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Her daughter is a third grader in the Philadelphia school district.

Bion Bartning is the father of two girls who were enrolled at Riverdale Country School until he discovered that its new curriculum encouraged children to focus on their racial identities and experiences rather than their commonalities. In March, he wrote a passionate op-ed for The Wall Street Journal decrying the “new orthodoxy” and co-founded the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) to encourage parents to fight against it.

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Thursday, November 18 | 
7:30 pm
$45, $36 Temple Emanu-El members
$45, $36 Temple Emanu-El members

Mention race these days and discussions turn tense. Add in schools and children, and dialogue devolves into serious mudslinging matches fed by swirling rumors, misunderstanding and the machinations of politicians and activists on all sides.

That sums up the dismal state of today’s discourse around critical race theory in schools, a topic that everyone seems to have an opinion about but few seem to understand.

Are its proponents trying to make white children feel guilty about their skin color? Are they America-bashing?

Can we teach American history without talking about racism?

Will teaching that America is racist make it less racist?

The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center welcomes five panelists who have agreed to take on the perhaps unenviable task of sorting through the hysteria and helping us speak civilly about how to cope with America’s history of racial injustice.

The former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings is also the past president of the American Educational Research Association. A scholar of the strategies of teachers successful with African American students and of the application of critical race theory to education, she is the author of two highly acclaimed books on those topics.

In-Person &. Virtual Event

 

If this event cannot take place in person (due to Covid-19 restrictions) it will be rescheduled for a date in 2022.

Randi Weingarten is a labor leader, lawyer, educator and former president of the United Federation of Teachers. She is currently president of the American Federation of Teachers and a member of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

Andrew Sullivan is a former editor of The New Republic, author or editor of six books and a popular political commentator/blogger. He launched his political blog, The Daily Dish, in 2002 and it now is a Substack.com column.

A strong advocate for the inclusion of critical race theory precepts in schools, Dr. Leslie Callahan is the pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, a former faculty member at New York Theological Seminary and the University of Pennsylvania and a current commissioner of the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Her daughter is a third grader in the Philadelphia school district.

Bion Bartning is the father of two girls who were enrolled at Riverdale Country School until he discovered that its new curriculum encouraged children to focus on their racial identities and experiences rather than their commonalities. In March, he wrote a passionate op-ed for The Wall Street Journal decrying the “new orthodoxy” and co-founded the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) to encourage parents to fight against it.

The Four Questions: A Series 

How are these times different from all other times?

For many, the world seems messier, the challenges greater. Or perhaps we’ve just lost the ability to talk candidly about the issues that divide us, to listen to voices we assume we reject or to ideas we presuppose are wrong.

This Fall, The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center will continue its advocacy of reasoned conversation, tackling four of the most pressing controversies of the day — and the hidden and not so hidden issues provoking them — with some of the nation’s leading thinkers, writers and activists. 

Leave your preconceptions at the door and join us.

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