The 2016 Walter N. Ridley Lecture: Prudence Carter, Ph.D.

The Stubborn Roots of Educational Inequality: Race, Class, and Organizational Culture in U.S. Schools

Prudence Carter
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The 2016 Walter N. Ridley Lecture

The Stubborn Roots of Educational Inequality: Race, Class, and Organizational Culture in U.S. Schools.

by Prudence Carter, Ph.D.
Jacks Family Professor of Education
Stanford University

Tuesday, April 12
Holloway Hall Room 116 in Bavaro Hall
Reception following in Bavaro Atrium

Prudence L. Carter is the Jacks Family Professor of Education, Professor of Sociology (by courtesy), and Faculty Director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University. Carter’s research and teaching expertise are in the areas of inequality and the sociology of education, with a particular focus on race, ethnicity, class, gender, culture, and identity. She is the author of the award-winning book Keepin’ It Real: School Success Beyond Black and White (2005) and of Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schools (2012). She co-edited Closing the Opportunity Gap:  What America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance and has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and essays. Carter holds a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in sociology from Columbia University, an M.A. in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.S. in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University. In June 2016, Carter will become Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Admission is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.

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