|Abigail Thernstrom: Public Lectures
and Radio Since January 2003 | Selected
media prior to 2003 | Public Lectures
- (Brief) talk on the use of racial classifications in education, Fordham Foundation
ceremony (celebrating our award for “distinguished scholarsthip,”) February 12, 2007,
- “Conversation with the Thernstroms,” Harvard Club, Boston, dinner, January 31, 2007.
- Luncheon talk to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys,
Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. January 30, 2007, 12:30-2:00 PM.
- National Review Institute, Conservative Summit, January 27, 2007, 4:30, panel on
“Trumping the Race Card” with Ward Connerly and Michael Steele.
- “Separate and Unequal: The Past, Present, and Future of Segregation in New Jersey
Public Schools, January 17, 2007, J. Harry Smith Lecture Hall, Essex County College,
303 University Ave., Newark, N.J., panel on “Trends in Public School Segregation
Nationally: Extrapolations for NJ and Strategies for Combating Public School
Segregation.” Other panelists: Howard Fuller, Chairman, The Black Alliance for
Educational Options; Paul Tractenberg, Esq., Professor, Rutgers School of Law, Newark
Campus. Moderator: Derrell Bradford—Deputy Director, E3
- Debate on the Voting Rights Act at Yale Law School with Prof. Charles Ogletree
Harvard Law School, November 27, 2006.
- Debate on the Voting Rights Act at Pace Law School with Prof. Randolph McLaughlin,
October 25, 2006.
- Talk, AEI, October 16, 2006, 3:30-5:00 PM, on E.D. Hirsch, The Knowledge Deficit,
with Lynne Cheney, Frederick Hess moderating.
- “Critical Issues Seminar, ” debate with Richard Rothstein on “The Minority Education
Achievement Gap: A Provocative Look,” at The National Center for the Preservation of
Democracy, Los Angeles, evening of October 5, 2006. Debate sponsored by Community
Advocates, a human relations organization based in Los Angeles.
- American Political Science Association, annual convention, panel on “Renewing the
Voting Rights Act,” August 31, 2006, Philadelphia, PA. (Daniel H. Lowenstein, chair.
Other participants: David T. Canon, Nathanial Persily, and Carol M. Swain.)
- Testimony Before the Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution,
Civil Rights and Property Rights, U.S. Senate, Dirksen Senate Office Building Room
226, hearing on “Renewing the Temporary Provisions of the Voting Rights Act:
Legislative Options after LULAC v. Perry,” July 13, 2006, 2:00 P
- Debate sponsored by the Federalist Society (the Civil Rights and Free Speech & Election
Law Practice Groups), “Reexamination of the Voting Rights Act,” National Press Club,
Washington, D.C., June 28, 2006, 12:00-2:00. Other Participants: Linda Chavez, Center
for Equal Opportunity, Erik S. Jaffe, Law Offices of Erik Jaffe, Prof. Daniel Tokaji, Ohio
State University School of Law.
- Conference, “Moving Men Into the Mainstream: The Next Steps in Urban Reform,”
panel I: “Black Men Left Behind? Reflections on Current Research,” Center for Civil
Innovation, Manhattan Institute, Princeton Club, New York City, June 21, 2006, 8:00AM
- Testimony before the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, Dirksen Senate Office
Building Room 226, hearing on “Understanding the Benefits and Costs of
Section 5 Preclearance,” May 17, 2006, 9:30 AM.
- American Political Science Association, annual convention, “Cutting Edge Research on
Education Policy: New Empirical Findings,” discussant for papers by Greg Forster and
by Jay Greene and Marcus A. Winters.
- Main speaker, Atlanta Lawyers division of the Federalist Society, Atlanta, GA, July 20,
2006, talk on voting rights.
- Keynote speaker, Southern Dallas County Educational Consortium Educational Summit,
“Shared Accountability, Eliminating the Achievement Gap,” Dallas, TX, February 10,
- Speaker, annual meeting of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Ft. Myers, FL,
November 9-11, 2005.
- Lecture, Fall Lecture Series, Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom
in the Modern World, Claremont-McKenna College, November 1, 2005.
- Speaker, James Madison-Joan E. Bowes Distinguished Speaker Series, School of Law,
University of San Diego, November 2, 2005.
- Panelist, “Retracing the Struggle: The Legacy of the Voting Rights Act of 1965,”
Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Annual Fall symposium, October 29,
2005, 12:30-4:30 PM, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.
- “Rescuing Teacher Education, “Transforming Higher Education,” Tenth Anniversary
conference of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), October 7, 2005,
The Metropolitan Club, Washington, DC
- Talk, “What You Don’t Know About the Voting Rights Act,” Federalist Society
luncheon, October 6, 2005, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Rayburn House Office Building,
Room 2154, Washington, D.C. (The other speaker was my co-author, Edward Blum.)
- Talk, Trustees for Better Teachers, Teacher Quality: How Trustees Can Help
New England States Regional Seminar, April 22, 2005,Co- sponsored by the
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the American Council of Trustees and
Alumni, University of Massachusetts, Boston Campus Center, Room 3545
- Keynote address, conference on “Advancing Achievement for ALL Students,” The
Business Coalition for Educational Excellence at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce,
April 20, 2005.
- Talk, Duke Law School Federalist Society chapter, March 31, 2005.
- Participant/speaker, “O’Connor Project” meeting (on the achievement gap), Harvard Law
School, March 28, 2005.
- Keynote speaker, “Call Me Mister” conference (“Innovations in Recruiting, Training and
Retaining African-American Male Teachers”), Hilton Hotel, Greenville, SC, March 19,
- Lectures (and media appearances) on the racial gap in academic achievement and school
choice for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Louisville and Lexington,
KY, January 25-27, 2005
- Talk, Goldwater Institute conference, “Arizona in a Global Context: Preparing Students
to Compete Internationally,” Phoenix, AZ, January 20, 2005.
- Paper presentation, Ripon Society’s First
Policy Retreat, Ritz-Carlton,
Key Biscayne, FL, January 15, 2004.
- Panelist, two panels “Brown and School
Choice” and “Do
We Need a
New Civil Rights Agenda in 2004—and What
are ‘Civil Rights’ Anyhow?”), the
of The Federalist
Washington DC, November 13, 2004.
- Keynote speaker, Greater Philadelphia Urban
annual meeting, October 28, 2004.
- Lecture, “ Critical Choices for the Next
Administration: Public Education” The Jepson
Leadership Forum 2004-2005, University of Richmond,
- Talk, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Instructional
Conference (for teachers
and administrators), October 5, 2004.
- Panelist, Conference on “Black History
and Conservative Principles,” The Philadelphia
Society, October 2, 2004.
- Lecture, “Racial Gap in Academic Achievement,
Savannah State University,
Savannah, GA September 9, 2004.
- Participant, panel on Brown v. Board of Education,
by the W.E.B. Du
- Institute for African and African American Research,
at Martha’s Vineyard, MA, August 25, 2004.
- “Expert Witness” for the defendant,
on “Brown v. United States of America,” exploring
issue of what still
needs to be done to fulfill Brown’s
American Bar Association
Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, August 7, 2004.
- Lecture, Summer Institute on "Race and
Rights in American History,” Ashland University,
August 2, 2004.
- Panelist, opening plenary luncheon, “Fifty
Years of Equity and Excellence,” Education
Commission of the States,
Forum, Orlando, Florida, July 14, 2004.
- Panelist, Forum on Frederick M. Hess, Common
Sense School Reform, The Brookings Institution,
- Nellie Mae Foundation and the Greater Worcester
on the “Minority
Gap, Clark University,
June, 4, 2004.
- Talk on the racial gap, Connecticut Board of
University of Connecticut Old Law School Building,
West Hartford, June 2, 2004.
- Speaker, panel on “Closing the Racial
Gap in Education,” Eleventh National Conference
of the National
of Scholars, The Roosevelt Hotel, New York, May
- Talk, panel on Brown v. Board of Education:
Heritage Foundation, May 17, 2004.
- Luncheon Panel Discussion on "Affirmative
Action Today in Schools," sponsored by the
American Association for Public
Boston City Hall, May 12, 2003.
- Talk, Conference, “Race and Education in
America,” Marking the
th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education,
of Pittsburgh, School
of Social Work, Center on Race and Social Problems,
May 7, 2004.
- Talk on the racial gap, Hoover Institution,
annual Spring Retreat,
Stanford, CA, May 3, 2004.
- Talk on the racial gap, Federal Society luncheon,
Omni Hotel, Los Angeles,
- Participant, Socratic Dialogue in honor of the
of Brown v. Board of Education ,
Philadelphia, April 29, 2004.
- Lecture on racial preferences, Wheaton College,
Norton, MA, April
- Lecture, “The Racial Gap in Learning,” James
April 12, 2004.
- Lecture, Asquith Forum, Harvard Graduate School
of Education, April
- Keynote Address, PLATO National Educational
Summit, San Diego,
CA, March 18, 2004.
- Participant, Manhattan Institute luncheon panel
with New York Deputy
Mayor Walcott, David Brennan, and Carol Reich,
Harvard Club, NYC, March 9, 2004.
- Presentation and Discussion, “The Racial
Gap in Academic Achievement,” National Academy
of Education, Fellows Retreat,
- Luncheon talk on the racial gap, Cascade Policy
OR, February 27, 2004.
- Talk on the racial gap, Black Box Theatre at
High School, sponsored by School-Within-A-School,
- Luncheon talk, Center for the American Experiment,
MN, January 20, 2004.
- Talk on No Excuses, Pioneer Institute
MA, December 19, 2003.
- Talk on No Excuses, The American
Enterprise Institute, Washington
October 20, 2003.
- Talk on No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap
in Learning, Department of Education
- Office for Civil Rights staff, Washington,
October 15, 2003.
- Talk, Education Leaders Council annual conference,
Center, Denver, CO, panel on "No
Excuses Schools," September 28, 2002.
- Talk, “Opportunity for All,” 8
th annual conference of the Education Leaders
Council, “Lead, Follow, or Make Way: Setting
the Stage for Student Success.” Gaylord
TN, September 19, 2003.
- Participant, roundtable on “Race,
Diversity and Higher Education Twenty-Five
- after ‘Bakke,’” American
Association, annual meeting, August 29, 2003,
- Panelist, luncheon, “The Aftermath: Affirmative
Action and the U.S. Supreme Court,” American
annual convention, San Francisco, August 8,
- Panelist, “Covering NCLB: On the Lookout
for Stories,” Annual Seminar for Reporters
New to the K-12 Beat,” Hechinger Institute
and the Media, Teachers College, Columbia University,
July 20, 2003.
- Luncheon speaker (with Stephan Thernstrom), “The
Racial Gap in Learning,” Hechinger Institute
above), July 19, 2003.
- Panelist, "Affirmative Action: Is It Still
Needed?" The Urban Institute, April 29,
- Talk, conference on civic education, St.
April 12, 2003.
- Talk, Federalist Society, Miami, FL, October
- Talk, Education Leaders Council annual conference,
Tabor Center, Denver, CO,
- September 26-28, 2002, panel on "No Excuses
Schools," September 28, 2002.
- Informal talk, Boston Urban League, April
- Testimony, US House of Representative Hearings
US Commission for Civil Rights, April 11, 2002.
- Participant, panel discussion on education,
Memorial Lecture Series, Museum of Our National
Heritage. Lexington, MA, March 2, 2002.
- Comments in response to papers prepared
No Child Truly Be Left
Behind? The Challenges of Making This Law Work" A
by the Thomas
B. Fordham Foundation, February 13, 2001, Capital
Hilton, Washington D.C.
2001 and earlier