More Details About Ebony / U Chicago Event

Here's the official invitation to the Ebony / University of Chicago event next month, about which you have heard much before.  Anyone going?  Let us know what happens.
UEI/Ebony Education Roundtable

[See below for the agenda, etc.]

The event on Wednesday, August 11,
is open to the public and will be broadcast live via webcast.
Additionally, the roundtable discussion will be filmed by MSNBC for a
special feature on education to air Sunday, August 15 from
12-2 EST
. RSVP for the event at

University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and Ebony Magazine to
Co-Host an Education Roundtable Event

Ebony Magazine and the University of Chicago Urban Education
Institute will co-host an education roundtable on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at the
University of Chicago's International House
, highlighting
one aspect of the University of Chicago's commitment to the welfare of
the community and to diversity in business relationships.
A panel of some of the nation's most distinguished voices on
education will discuss the public education crisis and how best
practices from all sources - public, charter, and private schools, as
well as the emerging educational technology sector - can be used to
transform our nation's K-12 schools.  The goal of the roundtable is to
reengage the community on educational issues, and to identify at-hand
tools that teachers and parents can use to better prepare their children
for the future in a challenging knowledge economy. 
Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company,
parent company of Ebony, believes that dialogues like these
are essential to the future of education in this country.
"Ebony has been committed for 65 years to the important issues
facing the black community," said Johnson Rice. "The Ebony Education
Roundtable is an extension of our long-term commitment to our consumers,
and provides the ideal platform to bridge real issues with real
solutions.  This first-ever forum is designed to showcase an exchange of
America's best practices, geared toward making public schools more
competitive. Ebony understands the importance of developing the next
generation of leaders."

The panel, which Tamron Hall of MSNBC will moderate, will include:
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for the Office of Civil Rights, U.S.
Department of Education; Shayne Evans, director, University of Chicago Charter School's Woodlawn
Secondary Campus
; Paul Goren, Lewis-Sebring Executive Director of the
Consortium on Chicago School Research; Ron
Huberman, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools; Tim King, principal of the
Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men; and Julianne Malveaux,
president of Bennett College. 

Robert J. Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago, and Rice
will offer welcoming and introductory remarks. The event is open to the
public and will be broadcast live via webcast. Additionally, the
roundtable discussion will be filmed by MSNBC for a special feature on
Zimmer said that open inquiry and examination is one way for the
United States to make progress on some of the challenges that face K-12
education around the country.  "The work of the Urban Education
Institute centers around the open examination of data to inform
educational decision-making, teacher training, and school operation and
instruction," Zimmer said. "The education of our youth is one of the
most important things that we do as a society."
The relationship between Johnson Publishing Company and the
University of Chicago is an example of the broad commitment to diversity
that is fundamental to the University's mission. Working with minority
and women-owned businesses, such as Johnson Publishing Company, is
integral to this effort.
"University initiatives in urban education, urban health, economic
development and cultural expansion are all reflective of our mission to
foster diversity throughout our community and to work directly with our
counterparts to create opportunities for everyone," said Nadia Quarles,
director of business diversity for the University of Chicago. "Johnson
Publishing  Company is an iconic minority-owned business that has
created tremendous value in the African-American community, and we are
pleased to be working together to provide cutting-edge information and
opportunities to this community."
The partnership with Johnson Publishing Company will allow the
University of Chicago to reach 12.3 million readers with information
about the University's efforts in the community and the opportunities it
provides for minority youth.
"A commitment to diversity is central to our mission of discovery,"
Zimmer said. "We have an obligation to see that the greatest variety of
perspectives is brought to bear on us as scholars and citizens. Both
the University and the community are made stronger by a mutual exchange
of ideas and resources."

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