CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 13, 1999
(EDITORS: Kozol will be available to meet with the media
at 5 p.m. April 22 in the North Room of the IMU.)
Writer, activist Jonathan Kozol to speak at UI April
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jonathan Kozol, a writer and activist
for underprivileged children, will speak at the University of Iowa Thursday,
April 22 at 8 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. His lecture,
"Savage Inequalities: Institutional Racism in Public Education," is sponsored
by the UI Lecture Committee. Kozol is the Lecture Committee's 1999 Distinguished
Kozol has written several books about disadvantaged children,
beginning with "Death At An Early Age," which described his experience teaching
fourth grade in an inner city school. He was fired from that job in 1967 for
reading a Langston Hughes poem to his class. That book won the 1968 National
Book Award in Science, Philosophy and Religion and is now regarded as a classic
by educators. Since then, Kozol has waged a national campaign to combat adult
illiteracy and explore progressive ways of teaching at-risk youth.
His first narrative work, "Rachel and Her Children: Homeless
Families in America," and his most recent book, "Amazing Grace: The Lives
of Children and the Conscience of a Nation, " both trace the lives of impoverished
Americans. "Rachel and Her Children" was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy
Book Award of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
"Savage Inequalities," written in 1991, marked Kozol's
return visit to Americas schools 22 years after he first worked as a
teacher. His evaluation of the state of education in both rich and poor communities
won the New England Book Award in non-fiction.
Born in Boston, Kozol graduated from Harvard University
Summa Cum Laude in 1958 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Magdalen College,
Oxford. He has since held two Guggenheim Fellowships, has twice been a fellow
of the Rockefeller Foundation, and has received fellowships from the Field
and Ford Foundations.
For more information, contact Matt McDermott, UI Lecture
Committee, at (319) 335-3255 or (319) 339-1745.