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Dr. James Earl Davis
School of Education Speaker Series-Black Boys as Social Capital
Published: Thursday, September 05, 2013

The North Carolina Central University School of Education will begin its second Excellence in Education Speakers Series on Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. in the School of Education Auditorium. The keynote speaker will be Dr. James Earl Davis, professor and interim dean of the College of Education at Temple University in Philadelphia. Davis’ topic will be “African-American Boys as Social Capital.”

Davis holds faculty appointments in higher education, urban education, African-American studies and women’s studies. His research interests center on educational policy, sociology of education, issues of equity and access to higher education, urban school reform and gender and cultural studies.

His work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including Gender & Society; Urban Education; Youth & Society; the American Journal of Evaluation, Race, Ethnicity and Education; and the Review of Research in Education.  He is a former National Academy of Education postdoctoral fellow and also served as visiting scholar in the Institute for Research of Women and Gender at the University of Michigan and in the Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Morehouse College and a doctorate from Cornell University.

“Those who pursue a career in education are committed to the ideals of lifelong learning, continuing professional development and community engagement in order to foster the positive development of children,” said Dr. Wynetta Lee, dean, NCCU School of Education. “This series creates a forum for the discourse on social justice issues that affect educational parity among a diverse population of learners.”

The intent of the Speaker Series is to promote faculty and staff professional development and community engagement as outlined in the school’s five-year strategic plan. The series promotes an intellectual climate by bringing a community of scholars together to discuss issues that affect the field of education. It will also provide an opportunity for faculty, partners and students to continue on a learning journey beyond the campus’ borders.

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