Faculty Research Brown Bag: College Presidents and Racial Unrest - A Civil Rights History
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College presidents faced a new and unusual challenge when the student civil rights uprising emerged during the early 1960s. At the time, much like today, student unrest forced college presidents to address complicated questions about race, democracy, and higher education. During this talk, Eddie R. Cole will disrupt the prevailing historical narrative that has pushed college presidents to the margins of history as passive actors while elected officials and activists debated civil rights. In doing so, Dr. Cole’s discussion of his national study of nearly 30 U.S. colleges and universities will illuminate the collective influence of college presidents on civil rights, and reimagine the long history of academic leaders and racial conflict and its relevance to today’s social and political climate.
The Faculty Research Brown Bag Series is sponsored by the Office of Teacher Education and Community Engagement and the Center for Innovation in Learning Design at the William & Mary School of Education.