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The Institute for the Study of Education, Democracy & Justice (EDJ)

“You can also commit injustice by doing nothing.” Marcus Aurelius

The Institute for the Study of Education, Democracy & Justice (EDJ) is a cross-discipline institution dedicated to exploring critical issues impacting the Commonwealth of Virginia. The EDJ collaboratively engages in original and pioneering research to facilitate understanding and advance knowledge on the historical and present-day problems confronting residents in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


To become the premier research site on issues adversely impacting the most vulnerable
populations in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Our Mission

The Institute for the Study of Education, Democracy & Justice brings together a constellation of scholars from diverse academic communities to work collaboratively on an array of concerns
specific to the Commonwealth to inform law, policy-decision making, and practice to create a more democratic, just and equal society.

Brown v Board of Education at 70 Symposium

Upcoming Events

Sponsored by: Law School, Institute of Bill of Rights Law, and Institute for Study of Education, Democracy & Justice

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education declaring that racially segregated schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. In February 2024, legal and education scholars will convene in Williamsburg, Virginia, to tackle questions about the decision's legacy and commemorate the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board. Mike Klarman, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and awarding-winning author of "From Jim Crow to Civil Rights" will serve as keynote speaker: