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Jonathan Kozol on "The Shame of the Nation: Race, Poverty, and the Public Schools"

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Jonathan Kozol on "The Shame of the Nation: Race, Poverty, and the Public Schools"

Time: October 10, 2011 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: SCSU, Adanti Student Center Ballroom
Street: 501 Crescent St.
City/Town: New Haven
Website or Map: https://www.southernct.edu/ab…
Phone: (203) 392-5888
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: SCSU Multicultural Center
Latest Activity: Oct 12, 2011

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Jonathan Kozol is an author, and the founder of Education Action, a non-profit dedicated to grassroots organizing of teachers across the country who wish to help create a single, excellent, unified system of American public schools.

A tireless and influential advocate for America's public education system, Jonathan Kozol has played a major role in placing schools on our national political compass. In this talk, Kozol will discuss his observations of race and isolation in inner city schools.

Death at an Early Age, his first non-fiction book, is a description of his first year as a teacher in the Boston Public Schools. It was published in 1967 and received the 1968 National Book Award in Science, Philosophy, and Religion. It has sold more than two million copies in the United States and Europe.

Among the other books by Kozol are Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America, which received the Robert F. Kennedy Book award for 1989 and the Conscience-in-Media Award of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools, which won the New England Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.

His 1995 book, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, described his visits to the South Bronx of New York, the poorest congressional district in the United States. It received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1996, an honor previously granted to the works of Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kozol draws a clear line between the empty dialogue applied to the issue by pundits, and the real, harrowing issues faced by teachers and students on the ground.   

The lecture will be followed by Q & A and a book signing.

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