Aurora library, AAUW to host panel on Critical Race Theory Oct. 27

The Aurora Public Library in partnership with the Aurora Branch of the American Association of University Women are hosting an informational program on "Critical Race Theory: What It Is and What It Isn't" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Registration is full for the in-person attendance but the library will be livestreaming at

The panel will explore the history and tenets of Critical Race Theory and clarify the myths and misunderstandings that have emerged in recent months, particularly around the differences between CRT and Culturally Responsive Teaching in K-12 classrooms.

Panelists include Dr. Jessica Heybach, an education professor and chair of EdD Program at Aurora University, and Dr. Vincent Gaddis, a professor of history and political science at Elgin Community College.

This panel will be moderated by Alderman Sherman Jenkins, Alderman-at-large for the Aurora City Council.

Critical Race Theory has taken center stage this year in the national consciousness as misinformation threatens to steer the project of anti-racism away from our educational institutions and further to the margins of social discourse. This panel will provide important insights into the conversation and bring these issues into sharper focus.

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