Date: April 2, 2008
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, April 2, 2008 – Activist, educator, and author Jonathan Kozol will speak about raising and education our children in a fair and effective society on April 22, at 6:30 p.m., at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.
“This is a unique opportunity for people to hear one of our nation’s premier advocates for equality in education,” says Alicia McCray, Director of GSU’s Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education (MILE), which is sponsoring this event. “Kozol has never been one to mince words or soften his stance. He has spent his life denouncing inequities in education and working tirelessly to elicit conversation and excite change.”
Kozol is the author of numerous best-selling books including the “The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America,” and most recently “Letters to a Young Teacher.”
“Jonathan Kozol has long been a voice for the underserved. Through his many books, he has exposed the inequalities in education and the possibilities for improvement when dedicated people seek effective solutions,” added McCray. “His most recent book highlights educators who work hard to teach our children.”
Kozol also authored “Death at an Early Age,” which won the 1968 National Book Award in Science, Philosophy, and Religion. He also wrote “Rachel and Her Children,” which received the Robert F. Kennedy Book award in 1989. He continued his advocacy for civil rights and equal access through his writings in the best sellers “Amazing Grace” and “Ordinary Resurrections.”
Kozol’s lecture is an integral part of the programs sponsored by MILE in collaboration with GSU, and local education leaders.
“Our goal is to provide educational opportunities to the community, to investigate current problems in education, and develop solutions,” explains McCray.
A book sale and signing will follow the lecture. For more information, call (708) 534-4024.