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Allison Davis Lecture, Noliwe Rooks: "The Segrenomics of American Public Education: Why Segregated Education is Too Lucrative to End"

When: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CT

Where: McCormick Foundation Center, Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Suzette Denose   (847) 491-5122

Group: African American Studies Department

Category: Lectures & Meetings


“The Segrenomics of American Public Education: Why Segregated Education is Too Lucrative to End”

This talk will explore the history and present of our current system of apartheid education in the United States and discuss what progressive change might look like.

Dr. Noliwe Rooks

An interdisciplinary scholar, her work explores how race and gender both impact and are impacted by popular culture, social history and political life in the United States. Rooks works on the cultural and racial implications of beauty, fashion and adornment; educational inequality; race, food and the politics of the city, and Black women's studies.

The author of four books and numerous articles, essays and OpEd’s, she received her B.A. from Spelman College where she majored in English and her M.A. and PhD degrees in American Studies from the University of Iowa. She has received funding from organizations such as the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson School Educational Research Center to aid in her research into issues surrounding race-based inequality, economics and education and is a frequent contributor to popular publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Time Magazine and The Hill.

Rooks’ most current book is Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education, published by The New Press in 2017 and her current research, explores, racial and economic segrenomics, Black women and the politics of cannabis production and economic development in the United States.


The Allison Davis Lecture Series is sponsored by: Weinberg College and the Edith Kreeger Wolf Endowment


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