Joy and Justice: The Challenge for
Teaching in an Age of Inequality, Resurgent Segregation and
In the passion of the civil rights campaigns of 1964 and 1965,
Jonathan Kozol moved from Harvard Square into a poor black
neighborhood of Boston and became a fourth grade teacher in the
Boston public schools. He has devoted the subsequent four decades
to issues of education and social justice in America. Death at an
Early Age, a description of his first year as a teacher, was
published in 1967 and received the 1968 National Book Award in
Science, Philosophy and Religion. Now regarded as a classic by
educators, it has sold more than two million copies in the United
States and Europe.
Among the other highly honored books that he has written since
are Rachel and Her Children, a study of homeless mothers and their
children, 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, which won the New
England Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics
Circle Award in 1992.
His 1995 best-seller, 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 of America.
Featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and praised by scholars such
as Robert Coles and Henry Louis Gates and children’s advocates and
theologians all over the nation, Amazing Grace received the
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1996, an honor previously granted to
the works of Langston Hughes and Dr. Martin Luther King.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Little Theatre, Queens Campus
Sponsored by Student Life and Discover New York.