University of Rochester

EVENT: Education Activist Speaks on the New Political Economy of Urban Education

October 22, 2010

Chicago urban education expert Pauline Lipman, Ph.D., will present "The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City" on Monday, Nov. 8 at 7:15 p.m. in the Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room, on the University of Rochester's River Campus. The lecture, sponsored by the Warner School of Education, is free and open to the public.

A professor of educational policy studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Lipman studies the politics, problems, and possibilities of urban education. She argues that recent radical education reforms focusing on privatizing education, developing competitive markets, and holding teachers accountable through standardized tests are rooted in the neoliberal restructuring of cities. Neoliberal policies will result in increased inequality and economic and racial segregation. In response, she proposes a new educational and social model rooted in economic and political democracy.

Lipman, an education activist and author, has published several books, chapters, and articles on the changes in education and society. Her recent book High Stakes Education: Inequality, Globalization, and Urban School Reform (Routledge, 2004) demonstrates how an over reliance on standardized testing closes educational opportunities and narrows curriculum, particularly among disadvantaged students. In her forthcoming book The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City from Routledge, Lipman uses critical geography to analyze the intersection between place, economics, and schooling. Her most recent published articles examine race and schooling, housing policies and schools, and the creation of new schools.

Lipman, who holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is also director of the Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education at the University of Illinois-Chicago and founder of Chicago-area Teachers for Social Justice.

Registration is not necessary. A sign language interpreter will be provided for the discussion. For more information about the event, please contact Jenna Dell at or visit the Warner Web site at

About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, and educational policy. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its Ed.D. programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.