Mendenhall to present the 2021-22 Robert I. Strozier Faculty Lecture Series Sept. 15 & 17
The 2021-2022 Robert I. Strozier Faculty Lecture Series kicks off with a radio lecture and discussion. Dr. Annie Mendenhall’s lecture, “From Defiance to Deficit: How College Desegregation Influenced Educational Policy,” will air on WRUU (107.5 or wruu.org) Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 9-10 p.m. Dr. Mendenhall will discuss with host Leigh Rich of The Common Good on WRUU Friday, Sept. 17, from 2-3 p.m. In 1969, investigators from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare visited Armstrong State College to report on the state of its desegregation activities. For two decades afterward, Armstrong, nearby Savannah State College, and the entire University System of Georgia were part of a national effort to enforce postsecondary desegregation across the South amidst the tumultuous political and legal shifts on the issue of desegregation. This presentation will describe the history of postsecondary desegregation enforcement, focusing on how desegregation plans in Georgia and other states influenced educational policies on remediation, retention, and educational access.
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