Dr. Toussaint Losier
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Scanlon Banquet Hall B
Higher Ed/Higher Ground is delighted to bring to campus Dr. Toussaint Losier. Dr. Losier is a professor in the Afro-American Studies department at UMass Amherst and the co-author of Rethinking the American Prison Movement (2017). At Westfield, Prof. Losier will be speaking on his recently published work, which examines the history of strikes, lawsuits, writings, and coalitions that have challenged prison conditions and other forms of inequality.
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.