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diversity & race | Oct 11th, 2017

Nikole Hannah-Jones Has Been Named a MacArthur Fellow for Her Reporting on Racial Resegregation in American Schools

Nikole Hannah-Jones’ investigations into the re-segregation of the American education system have earned her a National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, and, today, a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship—a distinction awarded to those who are forging truly significant progress... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Sep 21st, 2017

A Town Wants to Secede From Its School District: Nikole Hannah-Jones’ NYT Mag Cover Story Probes the Return of Segregation

In her recent, rigorous, and heart-stopping cover story for The New York Times Magazine Education Issue, National Magazine Award-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones delivers a probing view into the black population of Jefferson County, Alabama, as they try to live freely in a town looking to resegregate the... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Apr 20th, 2017

Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Race, Education, and Rewriting the Legacy of the Invisible Man

“If we only search for a narrative that is most convenient to us, then we ourselves may be part of this nation’s going over the cliff,” says new Lavin speaker and Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Obscuring the nastier parts of American history may seem politically correct—but it also... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Mar 28th, 2017

Sarah Lewis’s Photographic Vision of Justice: Harvard, Brooklyn, and Beyond

As reported in The New York Times, Sarah Lewis’s exploration of race through the lens of photography is seeding new educational streams. Her three-part “Vision and Justice” course at the Brooklyn Public Library, inspired by her Aperture issue of the same name, is already at capacity. Author, art... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Feb 28th, 2017

Watch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on “The Muslim Ban” and a History of Racism

In this powerful keynote at Oregon State University, delivered one week after President Trump announced his executive order to ban select immigrants from entering the US for 90 days, Ta-Nehisi Coates reveals the truth that this language conceals. Discrimination has its own logic, and as Coates... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Feb 2nd, 2017

“A Call for Creative Courage”: Four Muslim Speakers on Fighting Islamophobia

What does it mean to be a Muslim in America—or in the world—today? And what will life look like in the wake of Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries? Below are four Muslim speakers—a stand-up comic, a New York Times op-ed writer, a halal butcher, and a #1 bestselling author—who... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Jan 10th, 2017

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures Is a #1 NYT Bestseller and the #1 Film in America

Huge congratulations to Margot Lee Shetterly—her book, Hidden Figures, is a #1 New York Times bestseller, and its movie adaptation was #1 at this weekend’s box office! It’s an epic Civil-Rights history, but also a story of innovation, technology, and women breaking through in STEM fields. Hidden... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Jan 10th, 2017

Sarah Lewis’s “Vision & Justice” Is “the visual analog for Black Lives Matter” — The Boston Globe

Last summer, Harvard professor and bestselling author Sarah Lewis guest-edited “Vision & Justice,” a special issue of Aperture magazine dedicated to photography depicting black experiences. Its impact, half a year later, and in such a fraught cultural moment, is undeniable. The issue sold 20,000... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Jan 6th, 2017

The Real Strength of American Diversity: Wajahat Ali on Unity in the Age of Trump

As the Trump era dawns, how can we preserve our welcoming nation? To renowned playwright and journalist Wajahat Ali, we can combat racism and Islamophobia. But we need to think beyond partisanship, he says, and celebrate the differences and commonalities that make our country great. Modern... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Dec 20th, 2016

Are “We Gon’ Be Alright”? Jeff Chang on the Future of Activism in a Post-Trump World

As the era of Trump begins, how will social activism change? In a perceptive new essay, We Gon’ Be Alright author Jeff Chang argues that “Just as the symbol of Barack Obama united the fringes of the right,” “Trump’s presidency will galvanize an opposition ready for the mainstream.” “This moment is... Continue Reading →
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