The 2020 Brown Lecture—The Segregation Pandemic: Brown as Treatment or Placebo?—will be given by William F. Tate IV. Dr. Tate's 30-minute lecture will be immediately followed by a moderated discussion and audience Q&A.
Chastity Pratt, Education Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal
Shirley Malcom, Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Aldon Morris, Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University; President, American Sociological Association
About the Lecture
A pandemic is an epidemic occurring on a scale that crosses the globe. A condition is not a pandemic merely because it exists in different regions of the world or results in the death of many people; it must also be infectious. In this lecture, Tate will argue that, over the past 500 years by way of mutually reinforcing regimes consisting of politicians, intellectuals, religious supporters, business leaders, and others, an ideology of racial biology “infected” the world, causing a disease to spread in global fashion. The disease fed on a rhetoric that assigned biological superiority to certain races. A pandemic of segregation resulted. In the United States, the Brown decision offered hope as a therapeutic. The lecture examines Brown through the lens of a medical model, while exploring its various pervasive effects on society and education.
About the Speaker
William F. Tate IV is the provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Carolina, and a leading expert on the intersections between education, society, and public health. Tate’s research has focused on human capital development in STEM fields; epidemiological models and geospatial applications with a focus on adolescent and child development and health outcomes; social development of youth in metropolitan communities; and social stratification.