Conversations on Education in a Federal System:
Celebrating Paul Peterson’s Half Century of Teaching (1967-2022)

May 19-20, 2022

Loeb House, Harvard Yard
Cambridge, Massachusetts


Thursday, May 19

1 p.m.

Opening Remarks

Martin R. West, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Steve Ansolabehere, Harvard University

1:10 – 2:30 p.m.

Panel 1: Local Governments in a Federal System

Chair: Ester Fuchs, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Christopher Berry, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
Bertram Johnson, Middlebury College
Paul Kantor, Fordham University
Carlos Xabel Lastra Anadón, IE University Madrid
Kenneth Wong, Brown University

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Panel 2: School Choice and School Reform

Chair: Jay Greene, Heritage Foundation
Jason Bedrick, Heritage Foundation
Anna J. Egalite, North Carolina State University
William Howell, University of Chicago
Patrick Wolf, University of Arkansas

3:45 - 4 p.m.


4 - 5 p.m.

Panel 3: The Opportunity Gap

Chair: Martin R. West, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Albert Cheng, University of Arkansas
Matthew M. Chingos, Urban Institute
M. Danish Shakeel, The University of Buckingham

Friday, May 20

8:15 am

Breakfast at Loeb House

8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Martin R. West, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jeff Liebman, Harvard Kennedy School

9 - 10 a.m.

Panel 4: State Policy Making

Chair: Barry Rabe, University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy
Leslie Finger, University of North Texas
Tammy Frisby, Utah Supreme Court
Rick Ginsberg, University of Kansas
Daniel Hamlin, University of Oklahoma

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Panel 5: Federal Education Policy

Chair: Matthew Dickinson, Middlebury College
Frederick Hess, American Enterprise Institute
Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin College

10:45 - 11 a.m.


11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Panel 6:  Public Opinion and Education Policy

Chair: David Campbell, University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters
Thomas Gift, University College London
Michael Henderson, Louisiana State University Manship School of Mass Communication
David Houston, George Mason University

12:15 p.m.

Concluding Observations

Paul Peterson

12:30 p.m.

Adjourn for lunch