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July 19, 2024
  • IN PERSON: Karey Harwood Discusses "Wake: Why the Battle over Diverse Schools Still Matters"

    July 19, 2024 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    304 S. Elm St. Greensboro, NC 27401

    The Wake County Public School System was once described as a beacon of hope for American school districts. It was both academically successful and successfully integrated. It accomplished these goals through the hard work of teachers and administrators, and through a student assignment policy that made sure no school in the countywide district became a high poverty school. Although most students attended their closest school, the “diversity policy” modified where some students were assigned to make sure no school had more than 40% of its students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch or more than 25% performing below grade level. When the school board election of 2009 swept into office a majority who favored “neighborhood schools,” the diversity policy that had governed student assignment for years was eliminated. Wake: Why the Battle Over Diverse Public Schools Still Matters tells the story of the aftermath of that election, including the fierce public debate that ensued during school board meetings and in the pages of the local newspaper, and the groundswell of community support that voted in a pro-diversity school board in 2011. What was at stake in those years was the fundamental direction of the largest school district in North Carolina and the 14th largest in the U.S. Would it maintain a commitment to diverse schools, and if so, how would it balance that commitment with various competing interests and demands? Through hundreds of published opinion articles and several in depth interviews with community leaders, Wake examines the substance of that debate and explores the community’s vision for public education. Wake also explores the importance of knowing the history of a place, including the history of school segregation. Wake County’s example still resonates, and the battle over diverse public schools still matters, because owning responsibility for the problem of segregated schools (or not) will shape the direction of America’s future.

    “Harwood tackles a fascinating story and imparts new insights that could help guide readers to imagine a better future for schoolchildren. Wake provides a powerful narrative as a major school integration program that has been sustained to this day.”
      -- Richard D. Kahlenberg ― author of The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action

    “Karey Harwood does a brilliant job of describing Wake County, North Carolina’s struggles to create a more equitable and integrated school system. Most importantly, Harwood shows how “school choice” has seriously undermined those efforts, providing a cautionary tale of how charters and vouchers now facilitate the new white flight, forcing the reader to consider the consequences of viewing schooling as a marketplace commodity.” 
      -- Carol Corbett Burris ― author of On the Same Track: How Schools Can Join the Twenty-First-Century Struggle against Resegregation

    Karey Harwood teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the author of The Infertility Treadmill: Feminist Ethics, Personal Choice, and the Use of Reproductive Technologies (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), and a parent of children who attended Wake County Public Schools.

July 24, 2024
  • IN PERSON: GET INVOLVED! | A Busboys and Poets Books Presentation

    July 24, 2024 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA

    About this event

    Although philanthropy is widely considered a global practice, Eurocentric depictions dominate the conversation. Dr. Kim Williams-Pulfer challenges the world to reconsider with GET INVOLVED!, a sociological deep dive that draws on the narratives of Afro-Bahamian communities through the lens of ‘philanthropy from below’.

    The book uses narrative analysis spanning period of enslavement to the post-post-colonial current moment. It incorporates historical observations from icons like Zora Neale Hurston as well as meditations on national and regional cultural cornerstones, including the Junkanoo tradition and the voices and experiences of contemporary civil society leaders.

    GET INVOLVED! brings to life an under-documented story of philanthropy broadening the dominant perspective by bringing attention to a place that thrives because of its cross-communal support, rich history, and vibrant people.

    Kim Williams-Pulfer is joining us on the Busboys stage alongside respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Dr. Andre Perry, to share about the long history and continued significance of civil society and philanthropic engagement in The Bahamas, the circum-Caribbean, and the wider African Diaspora. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during and after the event, and Williams-Pulfer will be signing following the program.

    This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of GET INVOLVED! will be available for purchase before and after the event. Please note that this event is in person and will not be livestreamed. 

    We ask that guests RSVP in order to receive direct updates about the event from Busboys and Poets Books

    Link to reserve your free tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/get-involved-a-busboys-and-poets-books-presentation-tickets-932038922507?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

    Kim Williams-Pulfer, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and the principal consultant of KWP Research Strategies LLC, a research consulting firm focused on community development, the arts, public humanities, and nonprofit and philanthropic management. 

    Kim has worked as a researcher, educator, and community-based advisor for over ten years. She earned her Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies with a minor in Caribbean Studies at the Indiana Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. From 2023 to 2024, she was an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (ACLS), and from 2022 to 2023, she was also an ACLS Leading Edge Fellow. 

    Kim's research has been published in various academic journals and edited volumes, as well as practitioner and popular forums. 

    Kim's research and teaching interests also reflect her personal journey. Growing up in The Bahamas among community leaders, she was inspired to reconsider how identity, history, and its legacies shape philanthropy and civil society. 

    Her new book Get Involved: Stories of Bahamian Civil Society (Rutgers University Press, June 2024) combines her training, insights, and community-grounded research to explore the idea of 'philanthropy from below.'

    Andre M. Perry is a Senior Fellow at Brookings, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a professor of practice of economics at Washington University. A nationally known and respected commentator on race, structural inequality, and education, Perry is the author of the book “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities" as well as articles in numerous media outlets and a regular contributor role to MSNBC. Perry’s research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Perry’s recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment. A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park.

August 9, 2024
  • American Sociological Association conference

    August 9, 2024 - August 13, 2024 @ 
    Montreal, QC, Canada

August 10, 2024
  • American Sociological Association conference

    August 9, 2024 - August 13, 2024 @ 
    Montreal, QC, Canada

August 11, 2024
  • American Sociological Association conference

    August 9, 2024 - August 13, 2024 @ 
    Montreal, QC, Canada

August 12, 2024
  • American Sociological Association conference

    August 9, 2024 - August 13, 2024 @ 
    Montreal, QC, Canada

August 13, 2024
  • American Sociological Association conference

    August 9, 2024 - August 13, 2024 @ 
    Montreal, QC, Canada