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GW Panel to Examine Lack of Progress 50 Years After Kerner Commission Report

‘Conversations that Matter: Public Will, Evidence and Action’ will examine how civil rights legacy of the Kerner Commission is being fulfilled
December 03, 2018

Dec. 3, 2018

Amelia Thompson: [email protected], 202-994-6461
Maralee Csellar: [email protected], 202-994-6460


An event at the George Washington University will revisit the 1968 Kerner Commission report, which provided evidence about racism, systemic discrimination and inequality in the United States. Panelists will examine why, 50 years later, social and economic inequalities continue to grow, despite better and more nuanced data. They also will discuss what it will take to generate the political will and policy agenda to make real progress. The conversation, co-sponsored by the Eisenhower Foundation and GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development, will explore what can be done to strengthen public will and how we can use evidence to spur political action in a deeply divided society.


  • Alia Wong, staff writer, The Atlantic (moderator)
  • Alan Curtis, president of the Eisenhower Foundation
  • Michael Feuer, dean, GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development
  • Nicol Turner-Lee, fellow, Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution
  • Joseph Torres, senior director of strategy and engagement, Free Press

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018; 6-8 p.m.

The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW
Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange, Blue and Silver lines)

Media interested in attending must contact Amelia Thompson at [email protected] or 202-994-6461.