Penn State Forum Speaker Series Brings Na’ilah Nasir to Speak Dec. 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania — The Penn State Forum speaker series continues this fall with a talk by Na’ilah Nasir, president of the American Educational Research Foundation, fellow of the National Academy of Education, and CEO of the Spencer Foundation, on 1st December. Nasir will present a lecture titled “Education for Multicultural Democracy: Building a Future Where We All Prosper”.

Nasir’s speech is supported by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Visit the registration page to purchase tickets/tables here.

About the conference: Higher education is at an inflection point. It is clear that our higher education systems are far from the equitable and transformative institutions that we aspire to. With the growing diversity (and growing aspects of diversity) of our students, we have a responsibility to create equitable institutions that truly prepare our students to lead us nationally and globally in a new iteration of democracy – a democracy that develops the potential and builds on the strengths of all communities, including those that have been historically marginalized. To do this, we need more honest assessments of where we are and how we got here, and more ambitious visions for our collective future. In this talk, I will examine what equity in higher education looks like and describe three aspects of equitable higher education systems: 1. Reconceptualizing the nature and purpose of learning, 2. Building new types of institutions and systems; and 3. Rethinking our research goals and methods.

About Na’ilah Suad Nasir

Nasir is the sixth president of the Spencer Foundation, which funds educational research nationwide. Prior to joining Spencer, she held a professorship in Education and African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also served as Chair of African American Studies and later Vice Chancellor for Equity. and inclusion. She also served on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Nasir’s research examines the racialized and cultural nature of learning and schooling, with a particular focus on the experiences of African American students in schools and communities. She recently co-edited “The Handbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning” (Routledge) and “We Dare Say Love: Supporting Achievement in the Educational Life of Black Boys”. She is also the author of “Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth”, published by Stanford University Press in 2012. Nasir is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. She is President (2021-22) of the American Educational Research Association.

About the Forum Lecture Series

The forum series is modeled after the National Press Club’s speaker series, which includes a presentation by a guest speaker, followed by questions from the audience.

Buffet lunches are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Presidents Hall at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel on the University Park campus.

All events are open to faculty, staff, students and the general public. Tickets to the Penn State Forum are $25 each, or $250 for a table of 10, and include a buffet lunch. Tickets can be purchased by visit the Forum speakers website.

Upcoming speakers for the 2022-23 series include:

  • February 23, 2023 Brown VelvetDavid P. Stone Chair and Associate Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the School of Music, and the Penn State Laureate for 2022-23, will present a talk (title TBD).
  • March 23, 2023Sabaah Folayanaward-winning director of the documentary “Whose Streets?”, will present a lecture (TBA title).
  • April 20, 2023Derek Lee and Monica Bondwildlife biologists, activists and professors from Penn State Eberly College of Science will present “True Tall Tales from Tanzania”.

Future conference topics will be added as they become available. More information about the series is available on the Penn State Forum Speakers Website.