Center for Education Policy Hosts First Bowen Lecture of 2003-04 Season

Posted: October 15, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The university community is invited to the first presentation in the Bowen Lecture Series in Education Policy today at 4:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier. Four panelists will offer their perspectives on social justice in America with an emphasis on the role of the education system in promoting a just society. A reception, with an opportunity to meet the panel, will begin at 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Center for Education Policy in cooperation with the Center for Language and Culture.

Panelists include:

  • Carl Grant, Hoefs-Bascom Professor, chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and professor in the Department of African American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as president of the National Association of Multicultural Education from 1993-99, editor of Review of Educational Research from 1996-99, and a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Assessment and Teacher Quality from 1999-2001.
  • Luby Ismail, founder and president, Connecting Cultures Inc. She has conducted training on Islamic education issues at federal and state agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private companies.
  • Delia Pompa, executive director, National Association for Bilingual Education. She began her career in bilingual education as a kindergarten teacher in San Antonio, Tex., and went on to serve as the executive for bilingual programs and childhood education at the Houston Independent School District.
  • Karen Narasaki, president and executive director, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium. Previously, she was the Washington, D.C., representative for the Japanese American Citizens League, the nation’s largest membership-based Asian American civil rights organization.

The Bowen Lecture Series began in 2002 to honor the contributions of Larry Bowen, former dean of the Graduate School of Education. For more information, contact Penelope Earley, director of the Center for Education Policy, at

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