IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: The struggle for racial equality and civic renewal in public education

19 May 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Two students reading textbooks outside in the park. Image: Zen Chung from Pexels

In this webinar, Emeritus Professor Lawrence Blum (University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA) discusses his new co-authored book, ‘Integrations: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Civic Renewal in Public Education’.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Alison Brady

For more information and to register for the event, please contact Alison Brady.

Professor Blum argues that separation (often misleadingly called “segregation”) has been wrongly seen as the prime cause of educational inequality, but rather, the intertwining of white supremacy and extreme economic inequality is the major source of educational inequality.

He also argues that initiatives and movements for educational inequality must ally with racial and economic justice movements in the society more generally. 

Integration purely by itself bears a very weak relationship to educational equality, as the African American tradition of ‘egalitarian pluralism’ emphasises. However, school integration is still of great (potential) civic educational value. 

PESGB seminar series

The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with Philosophy at the Institute of Education. 

These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern. All are welcome to attend.


Image: Zen Chung from Pexels

About the Speaker

Lawrence Blum

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Lawrence works in race studies, philosophy of education, and social and political philosophy. He is the author of '"I’m Not a Racist, But…": The Moral Quandary of Race' (2002), which was selected best social philosophy book of the year by the North American Society of Social Philosophy.

He is also the author of 'High Schools, Race, and America’s Future' (2012), based on a course on race and racism he taught for four semesters.