Dr. Robert Moses Speaks about Quality Public Education as a Civil Right on 9.15.

August 18, 2006

Tacoma, Wash. – Former civil rights leader and long-time educator, Dr. Robert P. Moses will speak at University of Puget Sound’s Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday, September 16 at 10:45 a.m. The lecture, Quality Public School Education as a Civil Right, is open to the public, however tickets are required. Admission is $10 and may be purchased in advance by phoning 253.879.3483 or online at www.ups.edu/rpc.xml.
 
Moses is one of the keynote speakers visiting Puget Sound to participate in the Race and Pedagogy National Conference on September 14-16. A complete conference schedule and information on registration is available by calling 253.879.3334 or online at www.ups.edu/x7258.xml.
 
He was a pivotal organizer for the civil rights movement as field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and was director for SNCC’s Mississippi Project. From 1969 to1976, Moses worked for the Ministry of Education in Tanzania, East Africa, where he was chair of the math department at the Samé School.

Moses returned to the United States in 1976 to pursue doctoral studies in philosophy at Harvard. A MacArthur Foundation Fellow from 1982 to 1987, he developed the concept for the Algebra Project, to improve educational access for poor students from inner city and rural communities. With Algebra Project board member, actor Danny Glover, Moses and others recently launched a national discussion calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution for Quality Public School Education as a civil right.
 
The Race and Pedagogy National Conference at University of Puget Sound will bring the country’s best and brightest minds together for a groundbreaking discussion on the impact of race and ethnicity in K-12 and higher education. To broaden the dialogue and more fully represent many points of view, the conference will also include local educators, students, parents, and community leaders.

Other public events related to the Race and Pedagogy National Conference include: juried student poster exhibition, an exhibit of selected works by John Hall and Jacob Lawrence at Kittredge Gallery, and a performance by artist Joyce Scott.

Editor’s Note: Print-quality photos of Moses, as well as other speakers and artists are available online. For interviews with conference speakers, Puget Sound faculty, administrators, and other conference organizers, please contact University of Puget Sound Office of Media Relations at 253.879.2611 or mediarelations@pugetsound.edu.

The Race and Pedagogy National Conference is affiliated with University of Puget Sound’s Civic Scholarship Initiative. CSI supports programs that join together the local region and the university’s faculty and students in projects of mutual concern, partnering with local organizations to solve problems, develop policy, and educate the public on issues of regional and national significance. More information on the Civic Scholarship Initiative is available at www.ups.edu/csi.xml.