Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works

Colloquium | April 26 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | David Brower Center, Goldman Theater

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Goldman School of Public Policy, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Graduate School of Education

This event is a part of the Research to Impact Haas Institute Faculty Colloquium Series and will feature a discussion of Professsor Rucker C. Johnson’s new book Children of the Dream. Professor Johnson will appear in conversation with Dean of the Graduate School of Education Prudence Carter and Berkeley Law’s Professor Chris Edley, Jr.

While we are frequently told that school integration was a social experiment doomed from the start, Johnson demonstrates in his new book that it was, in fact, a spectacular achievement. Drawing on longitudinal studies going back to the 1960s, he shows that students who attended integrated and well-funded schools were more successful in life than those who did not—and this held true for children of all races. Yet as a society we have given up on integration—since integration’s high point in 1988, we have regressed and segregation now prevails again. Contending that integrated, well-funded schools are the primary engine of social mobility, Children of the Dream offers a radical new take on social policy.

About the speakers

Rucker C. Johonson is an associate professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Prudence Carter is Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, and her work examines academic and mobility differences shaped by the effects of race, ethnicity, class, and gender in the United States and global society.

This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

This event is sponsored by UC Berkeley's HAAS Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Goldman School of Public Policy, and Graduate School of Education.

Light reception will begin at 11:30 am. Lecture will begin at noon.

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