Thinking about school segregation in Rochester and its effects, A COLA-Fram Spring Lecture & McKenzie Salon Series Presentation by Justin Murphy

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Democrat and Chronicle education reporter Justin Murphy will discuss the findings in his book, Your Children Are Very Greatly in Danger: School Segregation in Rochester, New York. Drawing on never-before-seen archival documents as well as scores of new interviews, Murphy shows how discriminatory public policy and personal prejudice combined to create the racially segregated education system that exists in the Rochester area today. Dismantling this system of segregation, he argues, is the only way to achieve an equitable and sustainable future for all children.

Justin Murphy is a reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle, covering education in the Rochester area with an emphasis on the Rochester City School District. He has worked at the Democrat and Chronicle since 2012 and before that was a reporter for The Citizen in Auburn, New York. He grew up in Penfield and attended the University of Chicago and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He lives with his wife and children in the Cobbs Hill neighborhood.

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This event is co-organized by the Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking and the COLA McKenzie Salon Series.

The Eugene H. Fram chair was funded in 2011 by an anonymous alumni to honor his RIT professor, Dr. Eugene Fram.  The RIT Fram lectures are the visible part of a larger university-wide initiative, to grow critical thinking capacity guided by two short form definitions, ‘effective thinking in any context’ and the ‘application of knowing- doing- creating’, through learning outcomes, education and outreach engaging both our RIT campuses and our larger community.

The McKenzie Salon Series Organized and presented by the College of Liberal Arts, the McKenzie Salon Series is open to the public and brings together faculty, students, and staff to discuss research and current events. The presentations and comments are followed by discussion with the audience and an informal reception.

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When and Where
March 28, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Room/Location: Wegmans Theatre MSS-2180

Open to the Public

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