Call for Papers

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The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change
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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 Papers presented at the conference will be published, where feasible, on the Hooks Institute website, 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.
• Free and compulsory elementary education
• The impact of No Child Left Behind on public education
• Charter schools and their emerging role in urban education
• Home schooling and its emerging role in urban education
• Private school education as an alternative to public education
• School choice and vouchers
• Transformation of the traditional role of the state in planning and implementing public school educational standards and its implication for communities
• Addressing deficiencies in public education with legal remedies
• Accessibility to readily available forms of secondary and higher education
• Freedom from discrimination in all areas and levels of education.
• Equal access to continuing education and vocational training
• Livable wages that contribute to an adequate standard of living
• Safe working conditions, including adequate safeguards
• Equity issues in education
• Safe and healthy environment
• Investing in PK-12 education
• Investing in Higher Education
• Education and economic development
• The economic value of improving local schools
• Education and Productivity
• Education and Income
• Education and Human Capital
• Education and Trade
• Educational development versus economic development
• Skill development and economic development
• PK-16 Initiatives
• Developing human capital through education

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