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High Noon: Professor Merry to Discuss Education and Inequalities

What is the relationship between the education system and broader inequalities in society? Do schools reproduce existing inequalities or can we view them as the ‘Great Equalizer’?

Furman sociology professor Joseph Merry will address those questions when he speaks at the university’s High Noon spring lecture series Wednesday, March 23 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.

His talk, “Schools and Inequality, Revisited,” begins at noon.  It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Merry says the answers to the questions above have profound implications for how we think about education reform and how to best serve students in our nation’s schools.  He will discuss a growing body of evidence that suggests we ought to rethink many of our traditional assumptions about schools.

Merry’s talk is the second of five lectures during the spring High Noon series.  All lectures are free and begin at noon on Wednesdays.

The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area.

Here are the remaining lectures in the spring High Noon series.

March 30

“Oops.  How to Undo a Campaign in 30 Seconds or Less”

Dr. Danielle Vinson, Professor of Political Science, Furman University

April 6

“Retirement: More than Money, Much More”

Dr. Jack Hansen, Author, Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement

April 13

Open date.  No lecture today.

April 20

“What We Remember, What We Forget: Why Southern History Matters Today”

Dr. Steve O’Neill, Professor of History, Furman University

A complete schedule of the High Noon lectures is available on Furman’s website.  For more information, contact Furman’s Marketing and Public Relations office at 864.294.3107 or

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