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Jonathan Kozol

"Love Against Fear: The Ethics and Compassion of Young Children Under Siege"
Humanities Lecture Series

Sat., Nov. 13, 1999, 12:00am
Jonathan Kozol has made it his crusade to get the American public to recognize the hypocrisy and cynicism endemic in inner-city education. He decided to become a teacher after learning of the 1964 murder of three young civil rights workers and went to work for the Boston Public Schools in Roxbury-Dorchester, an African American section of the city. He was fired the next year for teaching Langston Hughes' powerful poem "Ballad of the Landlord." He later work at a suburban Boston school, and the differences between the two schools shocked him. He has since worked for honesty in the political discussions surrounding poverty and education.

Kozel has won several awards for his books including the National Book Award for Death at an Early Age (1967), the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Rachel and Her Children (1988), and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation (1995).

During his visit to KU, Kozol led a town-hall meeting at the Kaw Area Technical School in Topeka and met with teachers from the Lawrence School District.

November 13, 1999
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