2015 Walter N. Ridley Distinguished Lecture

Culture in Disability in the Global Era: Interdisciplinary Notes for New Research Programs
by Alfredo Artiles, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Arizona State University

Monday, March 23
2:00 p.m.
Holloway Hall in Bavaro Hall

Dr. Artiles is the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. His scholarship focuses on understanding and addressing educational inequities related to the intersections of disability with sociocultural differences such as race, language, gender, and social class. His scholarship and sponsored projects aim to advance policies, personnel preparation programs, and inclusive educational systems in multicultural contexts at the local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Artiles directs the Equity Alliance, co-edits the International Multilingual Research Journal (Taylor & Francis) and Teacher College Press’ book series Disability, Culture, & Equity.  Dr. Artiles was Vice President of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) (2009-2011), is an AERA Fellow, a Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow (1998-2000), and a 2008-09 Resident Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford University). He received the 2012 Palmer O. Johnson Award for best article published in an AERA journal. Dr. Artiles has held visiting professorships at Leibniz University (Germany), the University of Göteborgs (Sweden), University of Birmingham (UK), and Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala). He is a Commissioner in President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. He was named 2009 Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation. His latest book is titled Inclusive education: Examining equity on five continents and was published by Harvard Education Press (2011, with Kozleski & Waitoller).

Sponsored by the Curry School of Education and the Ridley Scholarship Fund.


University of Virginia's First Black Graduate: Dr. Walter N. Ridley

Dr. Walter N. Ridley, a native Virginian and a respected, accomplished academic at one of Virginia's oldest public institutions of higher education (Virginia State College, Petersburg), was admitted to UVa three years before the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision which ordered desegregation of public schools. He became the University's first black graduate in June 1953, and the nation's first African-American to receive a doctorate degree from a white southern university. Throughout his life, Dr. Ridley was committed to the education of black college students and making a positive impact on society. Read Dr. Ridley's Bio.