March 10, 2010

Educational Expert Martin Carnoy Lectures on How Diversity Makes Smart Economic Policy, April 1

martincarnoy.jpgAn international perspective on how diversity and social justice make smart economic policy is the topic of a free public lecture by Dr. Martin Carnoy at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 in the Evert B. Person Theatre at Sonoma State University. He hosts a question-and- answer style discussion with students and faculty members from 3-4:30 p.m. the same day in Schulz 3001. A book signing follows the 7 p.m. lecture.

The title of the lecture is "Educational Equity and Social Justice as Smart Economic Policy: An International Perspective."

Dr. Carnoy is a labor economist with a special interest in the political economy of the educational system. Studying all aspects of educational policy, and focusing more specifically on what happens inside schools that affects students and their ability to learn,

Dr. Carnoy has done extensive research specific to diversity within schools internationally, and offers a great deal of insight to anyone interested in discussing his research at his lecture, in which he will be addressing the issues of minority education, both here in the United States and internationally.

Dr. Carnoy focuses his research on the changing economic value of education as well as aspects of educational production such as financing and resource allocation and even school choice. The results of his research can be found in his several books, and will be the topic of discussion at his lecture.

Unlike most other economists, Dr. Carnoy has done a great deal of his research inside schools, interviewing and testing teachers, students and faculty members. Filming and analyzing classroom teaching is one of his many methods for gaining a better, more in depth understanding of the factors that influence students' learning.

His current work entails researching econometric models of quality of education in Latin America and Southern Africa and studying the changes with university financing, including the quality of engineering and science tertiary education in China, India and Russia.

Martin Carnoy is Vida Jacks Professor of Education and Economics at Stanford University. He is a University of Chicago Ph.D. in economics, and worked at the Brookings Institution on international trade issues before coming to Stanford. In 1968, he ran the Distric of Columbia primary for the Robert Kennedy campaign, in 1984, was the Democratic candidate for Congress in California's 12th congressional district, and organized economists for Clinton in California in 1992 and 1996.

He has written more than 30 books on economic issues, racial inequality, and education policy. He is the co-author, with Derek Shearer, of Economic Democracy (1980), author of Sustaining the New Economy (2000), Faded Dreams (1994), Whitewashing Race (co-author, 2003), The Charter School Dust-Up (co-author, 2005), and Cuba's Academic Advantage (2007).

Dr. Carnoy blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and his expertise can be reviewed at

This event co-sponsored by the the Andrea Neves and Barton Evans Social Justice Lecture Series and the Heritage Lecture Series. It is hosted by the School of Education and the School of Social Sciences.

For further information, contact Pam Van Halsema, School of Education, (707) 664-2132.

Jean Wasp
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(707) 664-2057