CCBC welcomes scholar and author Lisa Delpit as guest lecturer for the 2016 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series

Feb 01, 2016

Delpit to discuss “Stereotype Threat and Other Challenges to Equitable Education”

In honor of Black History Month, CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis welcomes prominent scholar and author Lisa Delpit as the guest lecturer for the 2016 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series. Scheduled for 11:10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 11 at CCBC Catonsville, Center for the Arts, Delpit will explore the impact of stereotype threats within education.

Stereotype threat, which is the threat of being viewed through the lens of a negative stereotype, often surfaces within the classroom. Research has shown it reduces the performance of individuals who belong to negatively stereotyped groups. Delpit will discuss how the power of expectations can impact performance as well as examine the educational environment and if it can be redesigned to lessen the impact of stereotype threat.

Currently the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Delpit formerly served as the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Educational Excellence at Florida International University. With a keen interest in teaching and learning in multicultural societies, she has spent time studying this issue in Alaska, New Guinea, Fiji and various urban and rural sites throughout the United States.

Deplit received a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard University. She has won accolades for her work on teaching and learning in urban schools and in diverse cultural settings. Her 2013 book Multiplication is for White People: Raising Standards for Other People’s Children was one of the 20 best-selling education books of 2013 as noted by the “Library Journal.” A previous book, Other People’s Children, sold over a quarter million copies and received a “Book Critic Award” from the American Educational Studies Association.

The President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. For tickets, contact the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787.
Portrait of scholar and author Lisa Delpit