Scanlon Banquet Hall
Higher Ed/Higher Ground is honored to present Nikole Hannah-Jones, reporter for the New York Times reporter and 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow. Hannah-Jones has garnered countless awards for her groundbreaking work on racial re-segregation in public education, including the Peabody Award and George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life story, “The Problem We All Live With."
Hannah-Jones has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. She has written extensively on the history of racism, school resegregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act.
She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With, to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House. Along with The New York Times, her reporting has been featured in ProPublica, The Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, The Week Magazine, Grist, Politico Magazine, and on Face the Nation, This American Life, NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now, and radio stations across the country.
March 26, 5:30 p.m.
Higher Ed/Higher Ground and Westfield 350 are honored to host Jeff Chang, who has written extensively on the intersection of race, art, civil rights, and hip-hop. Chang is the author of several books, including We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation; Who We Be; and Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward, the Center for Racial Justice Innovation, which strives to help people take effective action toward racial equity. Chang also co-founded CultureStr/ke (www.culturestrike.net) and ColorLines magazine (www.colorlines.com), and was a Senior Editor/Director at Russell Simmons’ 360hiphop.com. He has written for The Nation, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer, Foreign Policy, N+1, Mother Jones, Salon, Slate, Buzzfeed, and Medium, among many others.
His talk at Westfield will emerge from his latest book, We Gon’ Be Alright, which questions why we keep talking about diversity even as American society is resegregating, both racially and economically.