The Niemeyer Series Lecture featuring Crystal R. Sanders, PhD

Thursday, May 16, 2024
5:30 PM EDT - 8:30 PM EDT

Bank Street College of Education
Tabas Auditorium
610 West 112th Street
New York, NY 10025

Event Title:
The Niemeyer Series: Crystal R. Sanders

The Niemeyer Series comprises lectures and symposia focused on urgent matters of educational interest. The Series is dedicated to the memory of John H. Niemeyer for his leadership in helping Bank Street College of Education become a national voice for children beyond practice and into policy. This year’s invited Niemeyer Series lecturer is Crystal R. Sanders, PhD.

Doors open at 5:30 PM, program begins at 5:50 PM.

About Our Niemeyer Speaker

Crystal R. Sanders, an award-winning historian of the United States in the twentieth century, is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Africana Research Center at Pennsylvania State University. 

Sanders is the author of A Chance for Change: Head Start and Mississippi’s Black Freedom Struggle published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016 as part of the John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture.  The book won the 2017 Critics Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association and the 2017 New Scholar’s Book Award from Division F of the American Educational Research Association. The book was also a finalist for the 2016 Hooks National Book Award. Sanders’s work can also be found in many of the leading history journals including the Journal of Southern History, the North Carolina Historical Review, and the Journal of African American History.  

Sanders is the recipient of a host of fellowships and prizes. These honors include the C. Vann Woodward Prize from the Southern Historical Association, the Huggins-Quarles Award from the Organization of American Historians, and the Equity Award from the American Historical Association. She has also received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Visiting Scholars Fellowship at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a National Humanities Center Fellowship.  

Sanders’s next book, America’s Forgotten Migration: Black Southerners, Segregation Scholarships, and the Debt Owned to Public HBCUs, will be published by UNC Press in Fall 2024.

  • Our evening will start with a short performance by Epic Theatre Ensemble entitled Why Teach?
    Given our unprecedented national teacher shortage, why should a young person consider a career in education? The youth artist/researcher/facilitator team at Epic shines a light on the science, art, and activism of teaching in this 25 minute play.

A reception will follow our event.



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