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Daily Cardinal reports on distinguished lectures by Abdu'Allah, Ladson-Billings

November 05, 2016

UW-Madison's Faisal Abdu'Allah and Gloria Ladson-Billings were featured in a Daily Cardinal report about their recent lectures as part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series. 

Abdu’Allah is an associate professor of printmaking with the School of Education's Art Department

October Showcase LecturesAbdu'Allah's lecture was titled, "Mirror To My Thoughts & The Duppy Conqueror." He spoke about his development as an artist and how his art was tied to his diverse upbringing and his identity. 

Ladson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and InstructionEducational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

Ladson-Billings gave a lecture titled, "Facts ... Just the Facts: Restoring Context to Achievement Disparities." Her lecture explored journalistic investigations into education and talked about how important it was to use accurate language to convey context and history while ​reporting on education.

The Daily Cardinal reports that Ladson-Billings emphasized the importance of wording used to convey journalistic findings, such as using the term “achievement gap” to refer to what she considers an “education debt.”

“Few education writers have the luxury of in-depth contest of schools and education, but when they do write them, it can yield amazing results,” Ladson-Billings said, according to the Daily Cardinal report.

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