In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2007 decision to strike down race-based school enrollment plans in Seattle, Washington and Louisville, Kentucky, the School of Law and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University will convene a panel of experts on October 24, 2007 to discuss the decision’s implications for public schools. The superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, Maria Goodloe-Johnson, will participate in the discussion. The colloquium, “Race, Desegregation, and the Promise of Equity,” will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South. [Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (W. 4th St.); R (8th St.); 6 (Astor Place)]

Dean Richard Revesz of the School of Law and Pedro Noguera, executive director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, will bring together a distinguished panel of educators and legal experts. Among the panelists are Theodore M. Shaw, director-counsel and president, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Maree Snead, attorney, Hogan & Hartson, LLC; Professor Roderick M. Hills, Jr., NYU School of Law; Timothy P. Connors, superintendent, White Plains City School District; Dr. Arlene Ackerman, director of the Urban Education Leaders Program at Teacher’s College, Columbia University; and Marie Goodloe-Johnson, superintendent, Seattle Public Schools. The discussion will be moderated by Noguera.

Tickets for the colloquium are free and open to the public, however, seating is limited and is available only through online registration at

Journalists wishing to attend should contact Tim Farrell in the Office of Public Affairs by phone at 212.998.6797 or via email at For more information, the public may contact LaRuth Gray at 212.998.5137 or Beverly Murphy at 212.992.9436.

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