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The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis seeks submissions for its fifth annual colloquium. This conference will examine the issue of education as a right and driver of economic development in American society. Noted authorities on education and economics will serve as speakers and facilitators at the conference. This conference is being co-sponsored by the Marcus Orr Center and the Scholars and Critical Race Studies Group at the University of Memphis, and greater Memphis area community groups including the Memphis Regional Chamber and Leadership Memphis. The deadline for submission for the 200-250 word abstracts of 30-minute papers, along with a CV, is December 11, 2009. These materials are to be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Papers presented at the conference will be published, where feasible, on the Hooks Institute website, http:benhooks.memphis.edu. In the event the author subsequently publishes the submitted paper, the Hooks Institute can publish on its website an abstract of the paper and cite the journal publication. Published papers should note that the paper was originally presented at this Conference.
The focus of this conference is to examine and propose solutions to inequities in education and economic opportunity. Conference presenters should examine different approaches to radical reform of public education including, charter schools, home schooling, private schools, and attempts to overhaul existing public schools systems using a variety of methods. Conference planners would like scholars to examine how these different approaches to reforming urban public education are, or are not, consistent with promoting the public welfare of children and the state. In addition, this conference seeks to analyze the purposes, processes, and outcomes of education and the alignment, if any, with fundamental components of economic development.
Submissions are welcome in the following categories; however, the suggested topics below are by no means exclusive.