New York Times Bestseller Jonathan Kozol Set to Speak at CSUB

The Building Healthy Communities, Kern Rural Teacher Residency and Department of Political Science, Center for Social Justice at California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) will host a speech by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Kozol from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, in the Student Housing Multi-Purpose Room.
 
Kozol will speak on inequalilty in education.
 
“For more than 50 years, Jonathan Kozol has been an intellectual giant and spiritual guidepost for anyone looking to study or promote equity and social justice in America’s education system,” said CSUB Political Science Professor Dr. Mark A. Martinez.
 
In the passion of the civil rights campaigns of 1964 and 1965, Kozol gave up the prospect of a promising career in the academic world, moved from Harvard Square into a poor black neighborhood of Boston, and became a fourth-grade teacher. Since then, Kozol has devoted nearly his entire life to the challenge of providing equal opportunity to every child in public schools.
 
The nation’s most widely read and highly honored education writer and most eloquent advocate for children of low-income for racial diversity in schools and universities, Kozol has been speaking to overflow crowds as child poverty has risen to unprecedented levels and racial tensions have become the focus of urgent political concern. He continues to visit children in their classrooms and give encouragement to overburdened but devoted principals and teachers.
 
“Building Healthy Communities Kern is thrilled to partner with CSUB’s Center for Social Justice in bringing Jonathan Kozol to Kern County,” said Annalisa Roblews, senior program manager with the California Endowment.  “Mr. Kozol’s commitment to social justice and equity in our public schools is inspiring and life changing. For him to come to this corner of the country to share his work and message of hope with a new generation of teachers and education advocates in Kern is special, particularly during a time when families and students are looking for leaders and models who embrace equity and equality in public education.”  
 
"Jonathan Kozol has brought issues of social justice and teaching for equity to the forefront of conversations around education for decades. It is our hope that future and current educators take advantage of this incredible opportunity to be inspired to improve education for all students," said Dr. Kristina LaGue, chair of CSUB’s Teacher Education Department.
 
This event is free and open to all current and prospective Kern County educators and the Building Healthy Communities South Kern Partners. For more information and to register for the event, please visit: http://www.kernruralteacherresidency.org/upcoming-events.html.

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