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Local education journalist headlines event kicking off effort to connect academics, policymakers

October 4, 2013

A public discussion Oct. 9 featuring Sarah Carr, a 12-year veteran education journalist and author of “Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America's Children,” aims to spark a dialogue on the most pressing education issues in New Orleans. The talk is hosted by the new Scholars Strategy Network New Orleans chapter, an effort to connect academics with policymakers spearheaded by Loyola University New Orleans sociology professor Carol Ann MacGregor, Ph.D.

“Education in New Orleans: A Conversation Featuring Sarah Carr” is set for 7 p.m. in Miller Hall, room 114 on Loyola’s main campus. It is free and open to the public.

Carr, who covered the landmark charter school movement in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, will be joined by several people who were followed in her book for the event, including:

Carr’s talk is the first in a series hosted by the New Orleans chapter aiming to link what’s happening in New Orleans with the broader national conversation. “The idea behind the Scholar’s Strategy Network is not just to connect people doing really serious scholarship, but also to make that research more accessible. Through local events and short briefs posted on the website, we hope to put scholarship in the hands of the people who can use it,” MacGregor said.

MacGregor’s passion to put New Orleans academics in touch with policymakers in the Scholars Strategy Network is shared by several Loyola professors who are joining in the effort. Loyola English professor Laura Murphy, Ph.D., a regional leader of the group alongside MacGregor, is making her human trafficking research available on the national website for policymakers nationwide.

In the same way, Loyola criminal justice professor Christian Bolden, Ph.D., is making his expertise and research on urban gangs available through the network, while Loyola sociology professor George Capowich, Ph.D., is highlighting his research on how police-community cooperation can help reduce inner-city violence.

Loyola psychology professor Charles Corprew, Ph.D., is another featured expert in the Scholars Strategy Network. He is highlighting his research on how culturally attuned school teachers can help mentor young African-American males. Research on charter schools from Loyola sociology professor Luis Mirón, Ph.D., is also featured on the network’s website.

Please contact Mikel Pak, associate director of public affairs at Loyola, at 504-861-5448 to set up media interviews.

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