Julian Vasquez Heilig addresses the issue of educational injustice, especially for students living in poverty, in the context of top-down education reforms. He shows that educators, students, parents, and citizens are questioning the ways in which we hold public schools accountable for student learning and performance. Heilig also discusses strategies to improve student achievement and school success via community-based reform.

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Director of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University, Sacramento. He serves as the California NAACP Education Chair and is a Fellow with the National Education Policy Center.

The Brodie Family Lectureship was established in 1997 by Theodore H. Brodie of the Class of 1952 and an Overseer of the College from 1983 to 1995. The income from this fund is designated to support an annual lecture at the College by a speaker of note in the field of education who would deliver a message on the subjects of problems and practices of teaching and learning.

Mr. Brodie, CEO and owner of New England Insulation Company for 50 years, died peacefully on September 12, 2010.