Educator on race relations to speak Feb. 16 about the No Child Left Behind Act

Zeus Leonardo, acting director of the Center for Multicultural Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle, and associate professor of social and multicultural foundations in the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach, will give a free lecture, “No Child Left Behind and the Problem of Race in the Post-Civil Rights Era,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Thornton Auditorium of Terrence Murphy Hall on St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus.

Leonardo’s talk will examine criticisms of the No Child Left Behind Act and its effects on children of color, poor students and immigrants. He also proposes that NCLB may be an articulation of “white nationhood” in this country and an advancement of “whiteness” as privilege.

The lecture, sponsored by the St. Thomas School of Education’s doctoral program in critical pedagogy, is open to the public. Register at http://www.stthomas.edu/education or call the school, (651) 962-4550.