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The racial achievement gap: Race and schools in the US and Australia today

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The racial achievement gap: Race and schools in the US and Australia today

Equal access to quality education is critical to ensuring broader social, political and economic equality. Yet there are persistent gaps in educational access and outcomes based on socio-economic background, and race, in both the US and Australia. This panel engages leading Australian and US scholars and thinkers to reflect on these trends, and to debate what can be done at the level of educational policy and broader legal and political change to address them.

Adrian Piccoli, Director of the UNSW Gonski Institute for Education will open the event, and the panel will feature: Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, Justin Driver; UNSW Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, Megan Davis; Dr Kevin Lowe, Senior Research Fellow in Education at Macquarie University; and UNSW Professor of Economics, Richard Holden; in conversation with UNSW Professor of Law, Rosalind Dixon.

This event is run in partnership between the UNSW Gonski Institute for Education and the Grand Challenge on Inequality.

Immediately prior to this event there will be a launch for Justin Driver's book "The Schoolhouse Gate". Please join us at the Student Lounge, Level 1, Law Building, 5-6pm.

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6.00pm - Introduction by Adrian Piccoli
6.05pm - Panel discussion
7.00pm - Q & A
7.15pm - Close



About the panel

Justin Driver

Justin Driver is the Harry N. Wyatt Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. A graduate of Brown, Oxford (where he was a Marshall Scholar), and Harvard Law School (where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review), Driver clerked for Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sandra Day O’Connor. A recipient of the American Society for Legal History’s William Nelson Cromwell Article Prize, Driver has a distinguished publication record in the nation’s leading law reviews. He has also written extensively for lay audiences, including pieces in Slate, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. A member of the American Law Institute and of the American Constitution Society’s Academic Advisory Board, Driver is also an editor of the Supreme Court Review. Before attending law school, Driver received a master’s degree in education from Duke and taught civics and American history to high school students. His first book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind, was published by Pantheon in September 2018.

Megan Davis

Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous UNSW and a Professor of Law, UNSW Law. Professor Davis was elected by the UN Human Rights Council to UNEMRIP in 2017. Professor Davis currently serves as a United Nations expert with the UN Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous peoples based in UN Geneva. Megan is an Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. Professor Davis is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She is a member of the NSW Sentencing Council and an Australian Rugby League Commissioner. Professor Davis was Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Law from 2006-2016.

Kevin Lowe

Dr. Kevin Lowe is a Gubbi Gubbi man from southeast Queensland and a Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University. Kevin has lead a team of cross-institutional academics on the ‘Aboriginal Voices’ project; ten detailed systematic reviews of issues impacting on the delivery of education to Indigenous students. Kevin has had extensive, experience across the education sector, including teaching, senior TAFE administrator, University lecturer, and Inspector, Aboriginal Education in the NSW BoS. Kevin will be joining UNSW as Scientia Fellow in 2019.

Richard Holden

Richard Holden is Professor of Economics at UNSW Business School and academic co-lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality. Richard's research focuses on contract theory, organizational economics, law and economics, and political economy. He appears regularly as a media commentator, and has published pieces in The New York Times, The Australian Financial Review and The Australian.

Rosalind Dixon

Rosalind Dixon has been described as “the leading comparative constitutional scholar of her generation” worldwide. Her research focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional design, theories of constitutional dialogue and amendment, socio-economic rights and constitutional law and gender. As Professor of Law at UNSW, Dixon’s current focus is on fragile democracies, or the threat posed by democratic backsliding, and what law and legal institutions may be able to do about it. Dixon is a member of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, deputy director of the Herbert Smith Freehills Initiative on Law and Economics, and co-lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Inequality.


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