Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture Series

The Edmund W. Gordon Lecture, in honor of IUME’s founder, was established in 2013 as an annual lecture series. The Gordon Lecture Series aims to bring scholars, administrators, teachers, students, and all educational stakeholders together to discuss the most pressing issues of the day through cutting-edge and critical research from some of the country’s top education scholars.


5th Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture

“Liberating Ways of Knowing: The Struggle for Ethnic Studies and the Educators We Need”

Speaker: Dr. Angela Valenzuela, Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy, University of Texas-Austin



4th Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture

“Hidden in Plain Sight: Lessons for Mathematics Education Seen through a Storytelling Lens”

Speaker: Dr. Erica Walker, Professor of Mathematics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, Director, Institute of Urban & Minority Education


3rd Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture

“50 Years in Public Education: Reflection on a Fulfilled Life”

Speaker: Dr. Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy and Culture at the School of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


2nd Annual Edmund W. Gordon Lecture

“Continuing Problems and Forgotten Solutions: Resurrecting the Historical Resistance Strategies of Southern African American School Leaders”

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker, Samuel Candler Hobbs Professor of African American and Educational Studies at Emory University and the president-elect of the American Educational Research Association



Inaugural Edmund W. Gordon Lecture

“Whatever happened to the Negro Question: Educational discourse and the Lost Question of Race”

Speaker: Dr. Charles Payne, Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration