James T. Patterson, PhD., Brown University
Author of Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and
Its Troubled Legacy
Constance Curry, J.D., Emory University
William Darity, Jr., PhD., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Department
Michael J. Klarman, J.D., D. Phil, The University of Virginia School of Law
(CANCELLED)Daryl Scott, PhD., Howard University, History and African American Studies
(ADDED SPEAKER) Kevin Crotty, J.D., Ph.D., Washington and Lee University
Kara Miles Turner, PhD., Morgan State University
renowned expert on politics and public policy in the 20th century U.S., he
completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University and then spent eight years at
Indiana University. For the next three decades he taught at Brown
University in Providence, R.I., where he rose to Ford Foundation Professor
of American History. Patterson held three prestigious visiting
professorships at the University of Oxford, University of Amsterdam and at
Cambridge University. He is the author of many articles and books
including Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974, which
won the 1997 Bancroft Prize for the best book on U.S. history; Mr.
Republican: A Biography of Robert A. Taft; and Brown v. Board of
Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy.
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Curry grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated Phi
Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Agnes Scott College in Decatur,
Georgia and served as Student Body President. During her college years in
the 1950s, she became involved in the U. S. National Student Association (NSA)
and their work for integration. After studying abroad as a Fulbright
scholar and at Columbia University Graduate School, she returned to
Atlanta in 1960 to work for NSA in human relations, and was the first
white woman appointed to the executive committee of the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
From 1964 until 1975, as Southern Field Representative for the American
Friends Service Committee, worked with black families in school
desegregation and with community groups in voter registration and economic
development. 1984 Law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law. Director
of Human services for the City of Atlanta 1975-1990, left to write
award-winning Silver Rights, published 1995,which records the story of
the Carter family of Sunflower County, Mississippi, black sharecroppers
whose eight children integrated the Drew public schools in 1965. Seven of
them graduated from Ole Miss. Fellowship to the Carter Woodson Center for
Civil Rights at the University of Virginia and fellow at Emory
University's Women's Studies Division.
Second book The Fire Ever Burning, about Mississippi civil rights
leader, Aaron Henry, published by the University Press of
Mississippi,2000. Collaboration in book, Deep in Our Hearts: Nine White
Women in the Freedom Movement, University of Georgia Press fall 2000.
Mississippi Harmony with Mrs. Winson Hudson on Hudson autobiography,
published by St. Martin’s Press in fall, 2002.
Advocate for prison and criminal justice reform issues---for her, the
current cutting edge of the civil rights movement today. Also,
producer/researcher for documentary The Intolerable Burden, on failure
of public education and fast-track to prison, particularly for young black
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William Darity, Jr., is the
Cary C. Boshamer Professor of Economics at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Institute of African American
Research. His research interests include racial and ethnic economic
inequality, North-South models of trade and growth, interpreting Mr.
Keynes, the economics of the Atlantic slave trade, and the social
psychological effects of exposure to unemployment. He has published over
100 articles in professional journals and authored or edited 7 books. His
most recent publication, coauthored with Samuel Myers, Jr., is “Persistent
Disparity: Racial Economic Inequality in the United States Since 1945"
(1998). His avocations include playing blues harmonica, reading science
fiction, and coaching youth sports in Durham, N.C.
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J. Klarman is the James Monroe Professor of Law and a Albert C.
Tate Jr. Research Professor of History. He joined the Virginia faculty in
1987. He teaches criminal law, constitutional law, constitutional theory,
and constitutional history. He held the Class of 1966 Research
Professorship from 1993-96 and received the first Roger and Madeleine
Traynor Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Legal Scholarship in
1996. In 1997 he received a University of Virginia Harrison Achievement
Award, a State Council of Higher Education Faculty Award, and the
All-University Teaching Award, one of the University's highest honors for
excellence in teaching, research, and service. He currently serves on the
editorial board of the Law and History Review.
At Stanford Law School, Klarman won numerous awards and served as senior
articles and symposium editor of the Stanford Law Review; he also is a
member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation,
Klarman clerked for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the D.C. Circuit. He then completed his doctoral thesis in legal
history as a Marshall Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford.
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Kara Miles Turner was born
in Norfolk, Virginia and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. She received the
Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
in 1992. She earned a Master of Arts degree in History in 1995 from Duke
University, Durham, North Carolina. Writing her dissertation on the black
educational struggle in Prince Edward County from 1865-1995, she received
the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Duke University in 2001. From
1996-2002, she taught history at Virginia State University, Petersburg,
Virginia. She is currently Assistant Dean for Administration in The
College of Liberal Arts, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland.
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Scott was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, coming
of age in the late 1960's. He attended Catholic schools until he
volunteered for the military, serving during the peaceful years of Jimmy
Carter's presidency. After his military service, Scott attended Marquette
University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Stanford University in Palo Alto,
California, receiving a doctorate in history in 1994. For nearly a
decade, he has taught history, specializing in modern U. S. History. His
first book, Contempt and Pity: Social Policy and the Image of the Damaged
Black Psyche, 1880-1996, won the 1998 James Rawley Prize from the
Organization of American Historians. Presently he is Professor of History
at Howard University, working on a history of white nationalism in the
American South, 1865 to present. He resides in Prince Georges County,
Professor Scott will be unable to attend the
Symposium. Professor Kevin Crotty, Washington and Lee University
will replace him in the Symposium.
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