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The Imperative of Integration:

Race and Education


The post-Bakke focus on "diversity" in education has stressed the general educational benefits of a diverse student body without linking these benefits to the continuing struggle for racial equality. It is time to reconsider the links between racial integration and racial justice. In a democratic society, the competence of society's leaders should be measured in part by their awareness of and responsiveness to the interests of people from all walks of life. Evidence from the social psychology of prejudice and intergroup relations gives us strong reasons to believe that in order to create an elite that is competent along these dimensions, its members must be drawn from all racial groups and they must be educated together. Hence, justice-based arguments for the racial integration of schools at all levels do not compete with meritocratic considerations, instead they work through them.

Elizabeth Anderson
John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies Professor Anderson specializes in ethics, social and political philosophy, feminist theory, and the philosophy of economics and the social sciences. She is particularly interested in exploring the interactions of social science with moral and political theory, how we learn to improve our value judgments, the epistemic functions of emotions and democratic deliberation, and issues of race, gender, and equality.

Friday, March 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m.


Tribute Room (Room 1322)