UA Little Rock’s 2018 Racial Attitudes Conference will discuss race, ethnicity, and education

Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity will examine Pulaski County residents’ views on race, ethnicity, and education during the 15th annual Racial Attitudes in Pulaski County Conference on Tuesday, April 24. 

The conference will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Legends Room in the Jack Stephens Center.

“The survey is focusing on education this year in part to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock schools and, in part, because education continues to be one of the most contentious areas in city conversations about race and ethnicity,” said Dr. John Kirk, director of the Anderson Institute.

This year’s panel members include Dr. Corey Anderson, executive vice president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Gary Arnold, president of Little Rock Christian Academy, Dr. John Bacon, chief executive officer of eStem Public Charter Schools, Elizabeth Eckford, author and member of the Little Rock Nine who desegregated Central High School in 1957, and Dr. Anika Whitfield, public school advocate.

A panel discussion will be followed by a lunch reception and book signing by Eckford, author of “The Worst First Day: Bullied While Desegregating Central High School.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

The results of the study on race, ethnicity, and education are based on 1,915 phone interviews with adults living in Pulaski County conducted by the UA Little Rock Survey Research Center between Aug. 31, 2017, and Jan. 19, 2018.

The event is free and open to the public. Please register by filling out this online form. For more information, contact Tamisha Cheatham at 501-569-8932 or tmcheatham@ualr.edu.

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