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Speaker Series

The Saint Louis University Education Speaker Series was initiated in 2018 by SLU's School of Education and the Office of the Vice President for Research. 

Lectures are presented on the SLU campus approximately monthly on current topics in the world of education policy. Speakers include researchers and practitioners from around the country who are actively engaged in education or in education research.

The objective of the speaker series is to generate discussion and promote interest in issues related to education policy and to create an opportunity for SLU faculty and students to interact with leaders in the field of education. 

Each lecture will be preceded by a lunch at 11:30 a.m., with the lecture starting at noon. Please email with any questions.

Upcoming Speakers

July 9, 2020: Christie Huck


Lecture Title:  Teaching an Anti-Biased, Anti-Racist (ABAR) Curriculum While Facing COVID-19 and the Ongoing Pandemic of Racism
Location: Zoom, please RSVP to receive a Zoom link
Time: 12 p.m.

Abstract: Schools play an instrumental role in shaping our society and culture. As such, schools have tremendous influence to either perpetuate or interrupt racism and bias. Christie Huck will talk about City Garden Montessori School’s intentional focus on anti-bias, antiracism (ABAR) in their school’s curriculum, culture and organizational structure, and the importance of all schools taking an active and explicit anti-biased, antiracist approach during this moment in history.

Christie Huck is Executive Director of City Garden Montessori School in St. Louis, Missouri. With a background in community organizing and social justice activism, Huck entered education as a parent and community member concerned about racism and segregation in schools. She worked with City Garden’s founder and parents to develop City Garden Montessori Charter School, an anti-biased, antiracist neighborhood Montessori school community. Huck is a member of the 17th Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship cohort and received the Missouri Charter School Leader of the Year Award in 2017. She lives in St. Louis with her three children and her corgi.

View Huck's Zoom Presentation

TBD: Catherine Compton-Lilly, Ed.D.


Lecture Title: Meaning-Making over Time: Methodologies and Possibilities
Location: Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall room 409
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., lecture at 12 p.m.

Catherine Compton-Lilly is the John C. Hungerpiller Professor at the University of South Carolina where she teaches courses in literacy studies and works with local educators. Her past research followed eight of her former first grade students through high school. In a current study, now in its tenth year, she is exploring the longitudinal school experiences of children from immigrant families. Compton-Lilly has authored several books and many articles in major educational literacy journals including the Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Written Communication, and The Journal of Literacy Research. Her interests include examining how time operates as a contextual factor in children’s lives as they progress through school. 

Suggested Readings: Request a copy of the suggested readings.
  • The Emergence of Transnational Awareness Among Children in Immigrant Families
  • Intersectional Identity Negotiation: The Case of Young Immigrant Children
  • Revisiting Children and Families


September 10, 2020: Michelle Fine, Ph.D.

Lecture Title: TBD
Location: Sinquefield State Room, DuBourg Hall room 409
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m., lecture at 12 p.m.
Michelle Fine, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women's Studies, American Studies, and Urban Education at the Graduate Center at The City University of New York. Her primary research interest is the study of social injustice: when injustice appears as fair or deserved, when it is resisted, and how it is negotiated by those who pay the most serious price for social inequities.
Suggested Readings:
  • TBD